UK police: 58 confirmed or presumed dead after London blaze

Grenfell Tower

The shock at the mounting death toll, which by Friday night had risen to 70 missing and feared dead, was accompanied by fury over her decision to restrict herself to having private talks with the emergency services when she went to the site on Thursday.

Cheap cladding is thought to have played a part in helping the blaze spread through the London building. The presumed dead includes 30 people authorities previously confirmed perished in the Wednesday morning blaze at the public housing complex.

Cundy added that it will take weeks or longer to recover and identify all the dead in the housing block that was devastated.

"I think everybody cares to an extent - some to a deeper extent - and some show empathy in a different way to others", he replied on ITV's Peston on Sunday.

Mike Adamson, chief executive of the British Red Cross, said: "The people living in Grenfell Tower have suffered an unimaginable tragedy".

Earlier, Commander Stuart Cundy said police would examine whether criminal offences had been committed although there was nothing to suggest the massive blaze at the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in West London on Wednesday was started deliberately.

"For those victims not to have died in vain, we have to make sure that nothing like this ever happens again", the broadsheet said.

Engineering experts and fire safety specialists believe the building's exterior cladding may have quickly fueled the blaze, overwhelming fire protection devices. The rules vary from place to place, as does advice about when to evacuate, but fire experts say the "shelter-in-place" directive is usually applied to buildings of 15 stories or more.

"Contractor says that he met all the fire safety standards but the questions are going to be, which kind of siding was used and what were the risks?"

And Miss Warrington said people even ignored instructions to stop snapping during the vigil for those who perished in the tower. And it also avoids panicked and unsafe evacuations down a long stairwell choked with smoke, which can be just as deadly as the licking flames.

The names of those who died are beginning to emerge.

People protest demanding answers over the Grenfell Tower fire, in London, Friday June 16, 2017. A lawmaker says it didn't have working sprinklers. The group left after a meeting that lasted more than two hours but did not speak to reporters gathered outside. Cundy said emergency workers have now reached the top of the building. "It becomes hard to shelter-in-place when you have no engineered fire protection systems within a building".

"Today is traditionally a day of celebration " wrote the Queen.

She said earlier that the national mood is somber but that Britain is resolute in the face of adversity. "I am getting out to safety", said Jennifer Lopez, who works in a high-rise building a short walk from the World Trade Center in New York City.

The cause of the fire has not been confirmed - although one witness said they thought it was started by their neighbour's fridge exploding - as it was declared a major incident.

He told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show: "My understanding is the cladding in question, this flammable cladding which is banned in Europe and the USA, is also banned here".

Jonathan Lum, an advertising executive who lives on the 57th floor of a glittering Manhattan tower designed by Frank Gehry, said if a fire breaks out there, he will heed the wisdom of the fire department and stay in his apartment, but partly because he lives in a building constructed in the past decade.

"I don't think it's controversial at all", he said.

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