Theresa May to return to meet Grenfell Tower victims following backlash

Simon has vowed to do something to help and tweeted: "I am watching the footage of the Grenfell Tower fire in London".

Firefighters continue to tackle fire in the tower block that was destroyed in a fire disaster, in north Kensington, West London, Britain June 15, 2017.

Instead she spent time with firefighters and police officers at the scene and did not face questions from people affected or media at the scene. The flames spread rapidly through the 120 apartments and the entire building was destroyed in the blaze.

According to news reports since the fire, the answer, in part, seems to lie in cladding that was applied to the building as part of a refurbishment completed past year.

Commentators compared her visit to a visit Thursday by the British Prime Minister Theresa May, who was criticized for not meeting survivors. "This is an unprecedented incident", Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton told reporters. "I think it is absolutely true", said Donald.

"I have never felt more accepted in this area than I was when I was helping, because they didn't care which side of the divide I came from. I wanted to show the absolute sorrow and horror of everyone in the House of Commons from the prime minister down".

Fire risk assessment in tower blocks was "less rigorous" since responsibility for it shifted from the fire brigade to the owner, Sian Berry, Housing Committee Chairwoman of the London Assembly, said.

Many blame the cladding added past year for allowing the fire to spread with frightening speed.

"We know that at least 30 people have died as a result of this fire", said Commander Stuart Cundy, adding that the figure was expected to rise.

Britain's Press Association reported that some 70 people are still missing after the fire, based on a compilation of verified reports.

Dozens of protesters mounted the front steps and entered Kensington town hall. The group a year ago completed a 10 million pound ($12.8 million) renovation that included new outside insulating panels, double-paned windows and a communal heating system.

Flames raced up the outside of the tower Wednesday, triggering speculation that the new panels contributed to the disaster.

It's unclear exactly how many residents were inside the building at the time. They essentially consist of two thin layers of aluminum sandwiched around a lightweight insulating material. Standard versions use plastic such as polyethylene for the core, while more expensive variants use fire-resistant material.

This type of cladding is 2 pounds cheaper ($2.56) per square meter than the alternative Reynobond FR, which stands for "fire resistant".

London police said an investigation, led by a detective from its homicide and major crime unit, would examine whether criminal offenses had been committed although they said there was nothing to suggest the fire was started deliberately.

At the peak of the fire, the tower is believed to have reached temperatures of around 1000C.

Sajid Javid said there would be immediate action following the early conclusions from an investigative report into the blaze which has left at least 17 people dead.

Another man pushed her for an answer on why, as part of a recent $11 million refurbishment, a sprinkler system wasn't installed in the building. They live a few minutes away, in the prestigious Holland Park area. Churches and community centers are providing meals and support, and donations of clothing, toys and household supplies are flooding in.

He told BBC's This Week: "She should have been there with the residents, which is what Jeremy Corbyn was". And once it's safe, they are going to go into the building, he said, in an attempt to calm the crowds.

  • Zachary Reyes