People Confirmed Dead in Grenfell Tower Fire With 70 Still Unaccounted For

"If criminal offenses have been committed it is us who will investigate that", Cundy said, adding that police "will get to the answer of what has happened and why".

The demands were handed over at a protest outside Kensington Town Hall on Friday, including calls for rehousing, funding and an investigation. The Independent reports that Saye posted to Facebook at 3 am Wednesday that she and her mother were trapped in their apartment, and asked people to pray for them.

Britain's Prime Minister, Theresa May, arrives at 10 Downing Street, in central London, Britain June 16, 2017.

Police have warned some of the victims may never be identified because of the state of the remains.

The bodies of 12 people have been recovered and are at a mortuary, including one person who died after being taken to a hospital.

He said 24 people remain in hospital, including 12 in critical care.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Cambridge visited the area Friday and met with residents and community representatives, CNN reported.

The royal family spent about 30 minutes at the Westway Sports Center lending support to those affected by the blaze, including residents and local community members.

Theresa May ordered a full public inquiry.

Housing Minister Alok Sharma had told MPs on Thursday that the Government guaranteed "that every single family" from the tower will be rehoused in the local area.

Protesters tried to gain access to Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall, the headquarters of the local council which oversaw the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower. "The very nature of this intense fire that has occurred within Grenfell Tower - and I do believe that the number will increase", he said, as angry residents called for the process to be sped up.

Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn came to the site Thursday and met with residents.

"How many children died?"

As the protesters sought to gain entry to an upper floor, police tried to bar their way.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan meets residents while visiting Grenfell Tower, a residential tower block in west London which was gutted by a blaze on June 15, 2017.

One of the victims was Mohammed Alhajali, a 23-year-old Syrian refugee who came to Britain in 2014 with his brother and was studying civil engineering. Steve Apter, director of safety and assurance for London Fire Brigade, said firefighters will continue to work through the night at the scene. A Bangladeshi family of five, who lived on the 16th floor, is among those missing.

"His dream was to be able to go back home one day and rebuild Syria". The speed with which the fire spread shocked experts and its heavy black smoke forced many in the tower's 120 apartments to stay inside and wait for help.

The Guardian reported Friday that cladding used on the high-rise structure was made of the cheaper, more flammable material of two types offered by the manufacturer. They cited a series of unanswered issues including whether the cladding used on the building helped the blaze spread.

"The conditions inside Grenfell Tower mean that the search-and-recovery operation to find and recover the victims is extremely challenging".

Barwell had told lawmakers that the government meant to review fire safety standards following a deadly blaze at the Lakanal House high-rise building in south London in 2009, in which three women and three children died.

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