May earmarks relief money for London fire victims; death toll at 30

"I do believe the number will increase", police commander Stuart Cundy told reporters in front of the charred building.

May has been criticised from within her own Conservative Party over her response and she pledged on Thursday to hold a public inquiry into the fire at the social housing block.

They also demanded more information over the full extent of the death toll, which has risen to at least 30.

Firefighters searching the smoldering ruin in west London have recovered six bodies from the 24-story Grenfell Tower, while 11 others have been located but can not yet be removed from the gutted structure.

Cundy said police had now managed to get to the top of the tower and had undertaken a first visual search for victims, ahead of later painstaking searches.

Critics say a much-needed review of fire safety rules had languished under Mr Barwell's watch.

Grief is turning to outrage in the wake of London's deadly Grenfell Tower apartment block fire, with British Prime Minister Theresa May confronted by protesters and a crowd of angry locals storming the local town hall.

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".

One of her closest allies, Damian Green, defended May on Saturday, adding that a team would go to the area to answer questions from residents.

She said earlier that the national mood is sombre but that Britain is resolute in the face of adversity.

"We are not here to trouble people".

He added: "We would like the chief executive of the council to make public commitments on what the council is going to do for the victims of this borough, and for all the other buildings in the borough that could stand the same fate at Grenfell Towers".

Mayor Sadiq Khan was confronted by an angry young boy demanding answers to why a fire broke out in Grenfell Tower. Twenty-four injured survivors are still being treated, 12 of them in critical care.

Rania, 30, was trapped on the 23rd floor of the Grenfell Tower along with her two children Fathia, aged five, and Hania, aged three.

Demonstrators crowd a staircase at Kensington Town Hall, during a protest following the The Grenfell Tower fire.

In a television interview, Mrs May said the fire was "absolutely horrifying" and had been a "terrifying experience" for those affected.

Some people then left the building though others remained inside.

More than 70 people are unaccounted for, according to media reports, although it was not known whether some of those were among the bodies recovered so far.

The inferno Wednesday morning at the 24-story Grenfell Tower has led to community anger and protests over the government's response. Police have established a security cordon around the building to protect public safety and allow searchers easy access to the wrecked building.

The local Grenfell Action Grouphad claimed, before and during a major 10-million-pound refurbishment of Grenfell Tower past year, that the block constituted a fire risk and residents had warned that access to the site for emergency vehicles was "severely restricted".

  • Zachary Reyes