Moving tributes to Grenfell Tower fire victims left on wall of condolences

The official cause may not be known for months. Entire families are still missing, and the death toll is certain to rise.

He later issued a statement saying: "I feel very angry that it was possible for the fire to spread in the way it did".

On Tuesday, after MPs had re-elected John Bercow as Speaker, I interviewed her for Sky News about her first impressions of the House of Commons. But the focus has turned to renovations completed previous year that added decorative touches to the building.

Residents had previously complained to the Kensington and Chelsea Tower Management Organisation (KCTMO), which runs the tower, about the building's vulnerability to fire.

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Ray Bailey - managing director at Harley Facades, which has since gone into administration - said the company was "not aware of any link between the fire and the exterior cladding to the tower". We need to look at what happened to cause such a major failure. How can this happen in the United Kingdom in 2017? Britain has ordered checks at tower blocks that have had comparable renovations or are being renovated now with similar methods.

The Prime Minister visited the scene this morning where she met firefighter chiefs who explained the scale of the inferno and how it had swept through the tower block.

Moving tributes to the Grenfell fire victims have been written on a wall of condolence close to the tower block. "If it's compromised, something else has to be done", he said. Architects' plans called for the use of aluminum composite cladding, with insulation sandwiched between two panels of aluminum.

When asked what the logistics of distributing the donations in the long term will be, Iqbal said that "at the moment we a dealing we the now then we'll starting thinking about the longer term".

Cladding is often used because it is attractive and can be easy to clean.

Smoke was still wafting out of the shell of the 24-storey Grenfell Tower yesterday, with firefighters facing hazardous conditions as they searched the charred building.

This can require the routeing of pipes and cables through different sections of a building, and that these penetrations can breach "what is deemed to be the fire compartment".

As far back as 2000, Gordon Cooke - a leading fire safety consultant - warned in a report commissioned by the mineral wool industry "the use of plastic foam cored sandwich hard to justify when considering life safety".

"I received a Snapchat video from Ranya at 3am, just after the fire started".

"In the event of a fire this acts like a chimney, drawing the hot air up through itself and making the flames burn brighter". This can allow a blaze to engulf a building quickly.

Concerns had been raised about the fire risk of cladding as far back as 2000 in a parliamentary report, it has emerged.

It concluded that cladding should be non-combustible or not pose an unacceptable level of risk to tenants.

Concerns have also been raised about fire alarms not going off and the lack of sprinklers.

Fire safety engineers were stunned at the pace in which flames tore through the 120-apartment Grenfell Tower early Wednesday when most people were asleep.

The inspections could involve hundreds of buildings, as London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced that checks would made be on tower blocks undergoing refurbishment.

  • Leroy Wright