Death toll in London residential building fire rises to 30
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 18:49
It is going to take a period of time for our specialists, both within the police and the London Fire Brigade, to fully search that building to make sure we locate and recover everybody who has sadly perished in that fire.
Planning documents detailing the refurbishment of a residential tower block in West London where at least 12 people died in a fire on Wednesday did not refer to a type of fire barrier that building safety experts said should be used when high rise blocks are being re-clad.
Hundreds of people protested outside the Kensington and Chelsea town hall holding handmade signs reading "Justice for Grenfell".
Scuffles broke out in the crowd as the Prime Minister's auto drove away from the scene of the disaster.
One journalist at the scene said the crowd was chanting "They build luxury flats for the rich and ovens for us" and "Theresa May must go".
Dozens of people remain missing after the fire engulfed the 24-story building early Wednesday, CNN reported.
- Commission investigation into all other similar buildings in the borough to identify fire, health and safety risks and put in place immediate control measures.
Police officers stand guard outside Downing Street.
Protesters have given the council a list of demands.
While the deadly blaze at the Grenfell Tower in north Kensington has prompted an outpouring of generosity, it has also unleashed fury at the authorities as the charred tower was cast as a deadly symbol of a divided society.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has sent an open letter to British Prime Minister Theresa May, demanding that she explain how she will support the community surrounding the site of an apartment building fire that killed at least 30 people. The death toll is still expected to rise substantially.
May promised to hold a public inquiry into the fire, expressing her sorrow in a televised statement after meeting with the emergency services. While members of her party have suggested security issues contributed to her lack of engagement with the public, residents seemed unwilling to accept the explanation. "You have to be prepared to receive people's emotions, and not be so frightened about people", former Conservative cabinet minister Michael Portillo told the BBC.
Khan wrote to May today, saying residents felt increasingly enraged and frustrated by the slow response from the authorities.
"He gave me the name of a contact of one of the charities so I need to contact them and get them to come down".
Before the interview, the Prime Minister met the group of victims, residents, volunteers and community leaders at St Clement's Church close to the scene of the horrific blaze shortly before 5pm. Her grandson Prince William accompanied her and told a volunteer, "That's one of the most bad things I have ever seen".
Some desperate residents pleaded to speak to the royals about their plight and the fate of missing children as they left the site, with William promising he would return.
However, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson took to Facebook to attack Labour politicians for "political game playing", defending his record regarding the fire service as mayor of London between 2008-2016.
The Metropolitan police have officially begun a criminal investigation into the fire.
Police have warned some of the victims may never be identified because of the state of the remains.