British PM May faces mounting criticism over London tower block blaze
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 20:44
Five images show what is left of a kitchen, with a battered fridge and charred oven, surrounded by a blackened washing machine, melted chairs, crumbling walls and a dripping ceiling.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was "very angry" and that residents' concerns about fire safety had not been listened to.
Rescuers do not expect to find anyone else alive in Grenfell Tower, north Kensington.
The death toll rose from 17 to 30 on Friday.
A judge-led public inquiry has been announced by Prime Minister Theresa May.
At the start of the special meeting in Westminster's Grand Committee Room, Fire Minister Nick Hurd said: "What we are dealing with here is a national tragedy".
Police fear the fire was so devastating that some victims may never be identified.
"It is the intention of the government to leave absolutely no stone unturned", he said.
He said: "It can not be right that a fire like this takes so many lives in the 21st Century in modern Britain - somewhere along the line regulations or something failed". Mr Corbyn was pictured speaking to local people.
"Every single person living in a high-rise building today will be frightened, will be traumatised and will be very, very anxious".
London firefighters combed through the burned-out public housing tower Thursday in a grim search for missing people as police and the prime minister launched investigations into the deadly inferno, with pressure building on officials to explain the disaster and assure that similar buildings around the country are safe.
At the end of the meeting, he promised "every single family" would be rehoused in the local area. Some jumped to their deaths rather than face the flames, and witnesses reported seeing small children thrown from the tower by their families in a desperate bid to save them.
Mr Javid was asked why more had not been done following a report into the 2009 Lakanal House blaze.
These included installing sprinkler systems in high-risk buildings and reviewing building regulations. He told the programme the fire could have "much wider implications", and said: "I think that's why I want to see a two part inquiry, one looking at what are the specifics in this instance, but not too long so that families aren't left hanging out, wanting to know what's actually happened, then looking at the wider implications for the rest of the building stock".
He said: "There were a number of recommendations, all recommendations were actioned and my predecessor responded to that report publicly about how they would be actioned and they've been actioned".
"If they tell us that the cladding is the problem or how cladding is put on, or there might be some other issue that no-one has thought of yet, that is what will lead that investigation".
The PM visited the scene of the fire on Thursday morning.
The royals met with first responders from the Emergency Services, as well as local residents and community representatives.
The queen is meeting with volunteers Friday.
Referencing one apartment block in particular he added: "When we took off the socket in one apartment, I could have pushed the socket into the adjoining property". "Mummy come and get me".