Death toll from London blaze expected to rise

A total of 37 people are still being treated in hospital, with 17 in critical care, NHS England said in a statement. "I have truly never seen that in a high-rise building", Cotton told Sky News.

London Fire Brigade's commissioner said authorities will be investigating the cause behind the fire throughout the coming days.

The political fallout of the fire, which trapped dozens of people in their beds, is also hurting May's Conservative Party, who run the local council and have been blamed by the opposition for spending cuts that starved budgets for building maintenance and safety checks.

Officials confirmed on Wednesday that at least 12 people were killed in the blaze but the Metropolitan Police warned that number could grow as people may still be missing inside the gutted Grenfell Tower in North Kensington.

The refurbishment work complied with "all required building control, fire regulation and health and safety standards", according to Rydon Group Ltd., Forest Row, which handled the project.

The death toll in the devastating fire that engulfed the 24-storey residential block in London rose to 17 on Thursday, with Prime Minister Theresa May ordering a full public inquiry "to know what happened" as she came under pressure how the blaze spread so rapidly.

"Sadly I can confirm that the number of people who have died is now 17", London police commander Stuart Cundy told reporters.

Prime Minister Theresa May has promised a "proper investigation" after the building went up in flames early yesterday morning amid growing concerns about how the fire could have spread so rapidly.

Reports of a fire at Grenfell Tower, a public housing high-rise in West London, came in just before 1 a.m. on Wednesday.

Barwell had told lawmakers that the government meant to review fire safety standards following a deadly blaze at the Lakanal House high-rise building in south London in 2009, in which three women and three children died. "I could see the flames behind - there's a new cladding system put on the outsides that looks like a new skin, there's an air gap an insulation behind that, to me that looks like a fantastic chimney for the fire to rage around". "I think he might have just had some broken bones and bruises", said and eyewitness.

But Webb says, to his mind, "a crime has been committed here", because it appears to him that, somewhere along the line, steps weren't taken to ensure the building would be safe during a fire.

Grenfell Tower, which built in 1974, was recently refurbished at a cost of £8.6m, with work completed in May previous year.

It is very early stages in the investigation into the fire so police have said they expect that figure to rise.

Volunteers and charities worked through the night to find shelter, food and clothes for people who had lost everything.

St. Clement's Notting Dale, a church near the tower, was turned into an informal center for people searching for missing friends and family.

The fund aims to provide support to the families left homeless by the blaze at the West London tower block.

"We grow more sad and bleak at every second", he said. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has offered free food for survivors at one of his nearby eateries.

Abdelaziz El-Wahabi, his wife Faouzia and their three children were among those who followed protocol by staying in their flat on the 21st floor. "Our thoughts are with all those from our local community affected and we will continue to work with our neighbors to support at this hard time".

  • Carolyn Briggs