London fire: Protesters swarm Downing Street, demand May's resignation

Police have so far recovered 16 bodies and the first victim has been formally identified as 23-year-old Mohammed Alhajali.

May failed to win an outright majority in the June snap election and is now battling to strike a deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party to support her government.

Sadiq Khan has urged the government to quickly publish an interim report on the fire, highlighting concerns about other estates that have been refurbished in a similar way to the Grenfell Tower.

An Irishman was among those killed in the tragedy, a London-based lawyer claimed. "We need to have an explanation of this".

One demonstrator held a placard, which said simply: "I'm livid".

"United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favour, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss".

Cundy said the police investigation into the blaze would look at the building and its refurbishment in 2016 and vowed to prosecute people "if there is evidence".

Mr Cundy said: "Sadly, at this time there are 58 people who we have been told were in the Grenfell Tower on the night that are missing, and therefore sadly, I have to assume that they are dead".

London's fire department says that the reason for the subway closure near the high-rise fire disaster is because of a "short-term risk of some debris falling onto the tracks". Police barred their way and scuffles broke out, a Reuters reporter said.

The protesters chanted: "We want justice", "bring them out" and "shame on you".

It issued a statement before the protest to try to address the concerns of residents.

Told there was a need for the public to hear her say something had gone badly wrong and the Government accepted responsibility, Mrs May said: "Something awful has happened".

The blaze at the 24-storey Glenfell Tower continued to smoulder for a second day in the upper levels, BBC reported.

There has been growing fury at the low-rent estate where residents wanted answers on why the fire was able to spread so rapidly and why complaints about safety had been ignored.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, the X Factor boss revealed that he had also visited the site and saw firsthand how residents have reached out to help one another.

On Friday afternoon, May visited the Chelsea and Westminster hospitals, and in the evening she visited a church which is sheltering people affected by the fire.

"I have friends in the tower and they are not telling us anything", said Salwa Buamani, 25, who took part in the peaceful protest outside with her three-year-old niece.

"They have been left with nothing - no bank cards, no money, no means of caring for their children or relatives". One woman told me she had escaped in only her top and underwear. "She just needed to say a few words of comfort".

May has announced a judge-led inquiry into what happened, and on Friday promised £5 million ($6.4 million, 5.7 million euros) for emergency supplies, food and clothing.

  • Leroy Wright