Death Toll From London Blaze Rises to 30, Dozens Missing, Authorities Criticised

But fury has grown in the local community at what people say is the slow response from authorities to the fire and a failure to inform families and friends about the fate of loved ones.

Meanwhile, authorities in the United Kingdom investigating the Grenfell Tower inferno should consider the design of the building's entire exterior refurbishment rather than individual components, a company said.

Demonstrators crowd a staircase at Kensington Town Hall, during a protest following the The Grenfell Tower fire.

The protesters barged their way through an automatic door at and sought to gain entry to an upper floor.

Dozens of police officers held back booing crowds and broke up scuffles as her auto drove off from local church, where she had met survivors, residents and volunteers and promised new funds for those affected.

The protesters chanted: "We want justice", "bring them out" and "shame on you". The protesters were angered when no one from the council came out to address their concerns, reporters said.

It later issued a statement saying "it would not be appropriate to comment on the cause of the fire". REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth Protesters walk down Ladbroke Grove in west London demanding answers over the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Tensions in the local community have grown since Wednesday's deadly blaze at the Grenfell Tower in north Kensington which provided social housing for some 600 people.

Local branches of Barclays have been helping residents to obtain same-day replacements for debit cards, and making emergency overdraft facilities available.

The criticism over the blaze has added to pressure on May who is trying to strike a deal with a Northern Irish party to stay in power.

"Everyone affected by this tragedy needs reassurance that the government is there for them at this awful time - and that is what I am determined to provide", she said.

Footage has shown the fire travelling up one side of the building, before engulfing the entire block.

Overnight, 109 families made homeless from the blaze were housed at hotels in west London.

As he spoke, chants began of "not 17" - questioning the death toll, which was previously said to be 17 but has been repeatedly revised upwards as authorities warn it will continue to rise.

Earlier on Friday, residents heckled Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the House of Commons and a former challenger for the Tory leadership, when she arrived in the area.

Relatives and friends of the missing made increasingly desperate appeals for information, as it became increasingly clear that few are likely to have survived.

Tower residents and many others in the area are still struggling to come to terms with what they have seen and lived through. "We have been trodden on by people who say they are there to protect us", one woman said.

However, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson took to Facebook to attack Labour politicians for "political game playing", defending his record regarding the fire service as mayor of London between 2008-2016.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth visited residents, volunteers and emergency services at a center helping those affected by London's tower block fire on Friday, with grandson Prince William promising to return to hear residents' concerns.

"That's one of the most bad things I have ever seen", William told a volunteer.

Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy said: 'There is nothing to suggest at this time that the fire was started deliberately'.

"And once it's safe, they are going to go into the building", he said, in an attempt to calm the crowds.

"Sadly, it is expected that the total will rise and it is not expected that any survivors will be found", he said.

More than 70 people are believed to be unaccounted for since the blaze, which police fear was so devastating that some victims may never be identified.



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