Adele Pays Emotional Visit to London's Grenfell Tower After Deadly Apartment Fire

Queen Elizabeth said her thoughts and prayers were with those families who had lost loved ones and those still critically ill in hospital.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the matter.

Smoke billows from a fire that has engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London.

"At this moment in time, the fire is still ongoing, so it is not safe to take people out of the tower", she told reporters.

Residents of the huge Grenfell public housing complex, which had 120 apartments that housed as many as 600 people, said their warnings about possible fire risks had been ignored for years.

Almost 78 people were injured, and 34 remain in hospitals across London? Thirty-seven were still hospitalized on Thursday, with 17 in critical condition.

"There is going to be a long and complex recovery operation".

"As the police, we investigate criminal offenses", Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said.

Responding to a question, he said there was "nothing to suggest the fire had anything to do with terrorism".

"In my 29 years of being a firefighter, I have never, ever seen anything of this scale", London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton told NBC News. "The fire was small in the kitchen".

The flat is exposed to the elements after the windows were blown out by the fire, while flames are seen in the corner of one of the shots.

Laminated signs bearing the missing persons phone number are tied to the fence next to notices from happier times advertising the Summer Fete with its barbecue, children's games and giant slide.

He said: "The building itself is in a very hazardous state".

"Sadly we do not expect there to be any survivors", Cundy said.

More than 200 firefighters worked through the night.

The cladding is so risky, it's approved in Australia only for interior use or in low-rise buildings, The Guardian reported. He added that no fires were now active within the building, but that the building continued to be considered hazardous.

On Thursday the Queen paid tribute to the "bravery" of firefighters who battled the fire and praised the "incredible generosity" of volunteers offering their support.

"It is also heartening to see the incredible generosity of community volunteers rallying to help those affected by this bad event", she said in a statement.

The questions over the tragedy have led to anger from residents.

In addition, the police chief said that 37 people are under treatment in the hospital, of which 17 are in intensive care due to the extent of their injuries during the fire, which was extinguished in more than a day.

The tower, built in 1974 on the low-rent housing estate in North Kensington, sits in a part of west London surrounded by some of the most affluent areas of the capital.

Peter Vanezis, who is professor of forensic medical sciences at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, said on Thursday difficulties in locating the bodies among the charred remains will likely provide the first hurdle for detectives.

  • Zachary Reyes