May earmarks relief money for London fire victims; death toll at 30

Theresa May sidesteps questions about response to Grenfell Tower disaster

He described the residents as "brilliant" in how they raised and explained their concerns to Mrs May. Grief turned to outrage Friday amid reports that materials used in the building's renovation could have fueled the i.

Firefighters are still searching for victims in the 24-story Grenfell Tower that went up in flames early Wednesday.

Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said the figure included the previous death toll of 30.

At least 30 people were killed in the fire at Grenfell Tower in the west London neighborhood of north Kensington.

The bodies of 16 people have been recovered from the building and taken to a mortuary, he added, while the figure of 58 may rise.

Cundy said one of the victims was a person who died in hospital.

"That's one of the most awful things I have ever seen", Prince William said of the tower's blackened shell.

Teams were forced to leave the building on Thursday afternoon when the fire restarted, delaying further the efforts to reach upper floors, where some victims are thought to have been trapped.

"The bottom line: Sprinklers, fire doors and multiple stairwells work" said Chicago Fire Department Battalion Chief Michael Conroy.

A woman looks at her smartphone in front of a message board near the scene of the fire that destroyed the Grenfell Tower block.

Cundy said that because the fire was so powerful there was "a risk that sadly we may not be able to identify everybody".

"Frankly, the support on the ground for families who needed help or basic information in the initial hours after this appalling disaster was not good enough", she said.

Forensic experts said the fire at Grenfell was so hot it could be compared to a cremation, which is going to make it hard to identify those who lost their lives. This made the local authority fire brigade responsible for inspecting many premises. This relies on dental records, fingerprints and DNA when possible and also features like tattoos or scars.

A soccer player says that he will donate 50 pounds (more than $60) for each minute he plays at a European youth tournament to the victims of London's high-rise inferno. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William met with volunteers who have been distributing supplies for those affected by the disaster.

"It is hard to escape a very somber national mood", Elizabeth said in a message on her official birthday.

Prime Minister Theresa May ordered a full public inquiry into the disaster amid mounting anger that the fire might have been preventable.

Hundreds of people, including singer and human rights campaigner Lily Allen, were protesting outside the town hall of Kensington and Chelsea, holding up cardboard signs reading "Justice for Grenfell".

Rydon said the project met all building regulations, fire regulations and health and safety standards.

The tragedy has provoked a huge response from nearby communities. Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centers. There is ample food and water, but very little privacy or proper bedding, and with the tower destroyed, no one knows where they will be relocated or for how long.

"I won't know that until we've gone through the full recovery from Grenfell Tower and we know exactly what we've got and I anticipate that is going to take a considerable period of time".

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said people were frustrated by the lack of information about the missing and the dead as well as a lack of coordination between support services.



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