Probes launched amid grim search for London fire victims

Senior British Labour Party officials have called for Kensington's vacant luxury homes to be turned into temporary housing for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The 24-storey apartment block in the capital city's west went up in flames in minutes in the early hours of Wednesday.

Police have launched a criminal inquiry into the Grenfell Tower blaze as it emerged that cladding panels similar to those likely to have been used on the 24-storey building have been widely prohibited on tall buildings in the United States since 2012, reported The Guardian.

A whole family were reported missing on one poster, which said: "The Choucair family is missing in the Grenfell Tower fire".

Tempers flared as Mr Khan was greeted by angry crowds outside the nearby Notting Hill Methodist Church during his speech to camera, with many saying they had been "let down" after the devastating blaze left at least 17 people dead.

In addition, 74 people were injured in the blaze, with 37 hospitalized and 17 of them still in critical condition.

One demonstrator, who gave her name as Leila, captured the mood with her placard, which said, simply: "I'm livid".

Accounts of people trapped inside as the blaze destroyed everything around them, shouting for help, throwing children to safety and trying to escape through windows using makeshift ropes from bed sheets tied together left the nation in shock. "We're talking weeks, we're talking months", he said.

One of the first victims was named as 23-year-old Syrian refugee Mohammed Alhajali, with the Syria Solidarity Campaign director Kareen El Beyrouty launching a campaign towards funeral costs. As flames got nearer, Omar spoke to his brother by phone. "I am sure tenants will find this very reassuring".

"We are unaware of how many people are in the building", Dany Cotton, Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade said.

Prime Minister Theresa May promised an investigation and she planned to visit the site on Thursday. We need to look at what happened to cause such a major failure.

"People were telling them to stay in the building, but they had hope because they listened".

The focus of criticism centres on the cladding fitted to external walls on the 1970s concrete block as part of a £8.7 million (RM47.6 million) refit completed previous year.

The firm behind the work said the project met all required building regulations.

There are fat least five buildings classed as a high rise in Southport Town Centre and each are checked every five years, however following the massive fire which has claimed countless lives in London, fire crews will be bringing forward their safety checks.

"We have to get to the bottom of this. She was s**t", one told Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn during his time at the scene, according to the Daily Mirror. Khan replied that firefighters were still searching the building.

Teams were forced to leave the building on Thursday afternoon when the fire restarted, delaying further the efforts to reach upper floors, where some victims are thought to have been trapped. "We like to think of ourselves as "roughty, toughty" and heroes - they are heroes - but they have feelings, and people were absolutely devastated by yesterday's events".

Others gathered seeking news of the missing.

Overnight, 109 families made homeless from the blaze were housed at hotels in west London. People are chanting "We want justice". We were from the same community, and many in the tower were.

  • Leroy Wright