Londoners Can't Hide Anger in Aftermath of 'Avoidable' Tower Fire

Questions are growing about how the flames spread so quickly, engulfing the tower's 120 apartments in what fire chiefs said was an unprecedented blaze.

"We are working with the relevant authorities and emergency services and fully support their enquiries into the causes of this fire".

"Sadly we do not expect there to be any survivors", Cundy said.

May said all of the Grenfell victims will be rehoused in London.

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

Officials on Friday increased the death toll from 17 to 30, with numerous missing still unaccounted for.

Responding to speculation about the tower toll, Cundy said: "For those of us that have been down there, it's pretty emotional, so I hope it is not triple figures, but I can't be drawn on the numbers".

London firefighters combed through the burned-out public housing tower Thursday in a grim search for missing people as police and the prime minister launched investigations into the deadly inferno, with pressure building on officials to explain the disaster and assure that similar buildings around the country are safe.

Friends and families of victims, including a furious seven-year-old, asked: "How many children died?"

Their teams were forced to leave the 24-storey building yesterday afternoon when the fire restarted, delaying further the efforts to reach upper floors - where many victims are thought to have been trapped.

Planning documents detailing the recent refurbishment of the block did not refer to a type of fire barrier that safety experts said must be used when high-rise blocks are re-clad.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, the first victim of the fire was named as Syrian refugee Mohammed Alhajali, 23.

One protester held up a "Wanted" poster for the head of the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation, which administers Grenfell Tower, accusing him of "corporate manslaughter".

Scotland Yard has launched a criminal inquiry into the fire as it has emerged that the type of cladding panels used on the building have been widely prohibited on tall structures in the US since 2012 because of its flammability.

Protesters calling for action Friday over the fire at London's Grenfell Tower stormed Kensington and Chelsea town hall, the center of local government in the area.

The aluminium cladding, called Reynobond, was made by U.S. company Arconic and had a polyethylene core, which the reports said was slightly cheaper than fire-resistant models by the same manufacturer. Residents in other blocks with the same exterior cladding as Grenfell Tower were concerned, he wrote.

Downing Street announced a £5 million fund for emergency supplies, food and clothing for victims amid fears the death toll will rise, with more than 70 people in total still believed to be unaccounted for.

  • Leroy Wright