London fire death toll hits 30, but dozens missing

Grief over the Grenfell Tower disaster turned into angry protests on Friday as the official death toll rose to at least 30 and dozens more deaths were feared.

Police said on Thursday that they had launched a criminal investigation into the fire.

"I really hope the number of fatalities does not reach triple figures", Cundy said.

According to the BBC, Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Cambridge visited the Westway Sports Centre in White City to meet with local residents, the Emergency Services and community representatives, where survivors are now staying and volunteers are helping sort clothes donated to victims.

As rescue teams continued the grim task Thursday of searching the burnt out shell of a London tower block, British Prime Minister Theresa May ordered a full public inquiry into the tragic Grenfell Tower fire.

"We are getting a larger number of high-rise residential buildings". The Met can not confirm the number of missing people. The death toll is still expected to rise substantially.

She went on to say that anger at the disaster was "totally understandable", and that ministers were looking at both "quick wins" and "longer-term policies".

"Meet the victims!" one person yelled as Leadsom was interviewed on Sky News.

The Syria Solidarity Campaign said Alhajali, a civil engineering student, had been in a flat on the 14th floor when the fire broke out, and had spent two hours on the phone to a friend in Syria.

Rashida, a local resident, told Sky News how Muslims observing Ramadan may have saved lives in the tower block, as many of them were awake.

- Concerns are growing about whether residents will be rehoused locally.

Local residents shouted angry questions when London mayor Sadiq Khan paid a visit to the area.

The paper also said that the last full assessment of fire risks for the building was in December 2015, before the refurbishment was completed past year.

Grenfell Tower was home to around 600 people and whole families are still missing after the fire, which forced residents to flee through black smoke down the single stairwell, jump out of windows or even drop their children to safety.

"People are terrified that the same thing could happen to them", said Khan.

Grenfell Tower is a public housing project owned by the local government council and managed by a non-profit known as the Kensington and Chelsea Tenants Management Organisation.

"The recovery of victims from inside the building is enormously challenging, but it is our absolute priority above everything else to recover and identify the victims and let the families know", Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said.

  • Salvatore Jensen