London fire: Toll rises to 17 as authorities fear more casualties

Smoke was still wafting out of the shell of the Grenfell Tower on Thursday, and a Reuters cameraman saw a big piece of building cladding fall from the building. Many people remained unaccounted for Thursday, and officials weren't sure exactly how many were missing.

Speaking in Downing Street, May earlier said, "When it's possible to identify the cause of this fire, then of course there will be proper investigation and if there are any lessons to be learnt they will be, and action will be taken".

Speaking to Sky News, Allsop said: "We don't have the space or the manpower to deal with things coming in".

"How many children died?"

The 29-year-old was photographed with her husband, Simon Konecki, by a handful of Twitter users, with the singer apparently not wanting to draw attention to herself. The tower - in the working-class, multi-ethnic North Kensington neighborhood - is owned by the local government in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

More than £1 million has been raised to help those affected as fire tore through the 24-storey building while volunteers and charities helped with feed and shelter people who could not return to their homes overnight.

A man sorts articles of food, clothing and household items for those made homeless by the massive fire in Grenfell Tower in London.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip have paid tribute to London firefighters whose bravery prevented a greater loss of life in the high-rise fire.

"I spoke to one of my officers, who were very near when someone came out of the window, and he was in tears, and he is a professional fire officer. People were absolutely devastated by yesterday's events".

London fire commissioner Dany Cotton said it was not safe for fire crews to go all the way out to the edges of the building. Specially trained dogs were being brought in to aid the search. A further 69 were injured, with 17 in a critical condition. They lived on the 22nd floor, and the Lebanese Embassy has listed them as missing.

Trevisan's boyfriend, Marco Gottardi, is also missing. In the final conversation, Trevisan said: "The flames are in the living room".

Her friend Maseen said: "She lives on the top floor with her two children, who are just three and five".

Construction for the building was completed in 1974 and it underwent a renovation that was completed in May 2016.

Cladding has been added to a number of buildings across London in recent years, meant to provide insulation as well as improve the appearance of older buildings.

London mayor Sadiq Khan had called for an inquiry and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said some "very hard questions have got to be asked and some very hard questions must be answered".

"Every single person living in a high-rise building today will be frightened, will be traumatised and will be very, very anxious".

The blaze has led to outrage after repeated alleged oversights in fire safety with residents saying they had warned authorities for years that the flats would be potential death traps if a blaze broke out.

  • Zachary Reyes