Protesters demand justice after deadly London blaze
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 12:48
Emergency responders were dispatched to the 24-story building to battle the blaze. By Thursday night the fire in the 24-storey building was totally extinguished. A memorial wall has been created for people to write messages to the missing.
Firefighters searching the smouldering 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.
Britain's Press Association reported that some 70 people were missing after compiling a list of verified reports.
Hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of Kensington and Notting Hill on Friday evening amid mounting anger over the official response to the tragedy.
According to the Times of London, the cladding's manufacturer said its use is banned in the USA on high-rise buildings "because of the fire and smoke spread".
The block, which housed some 600 people in about 120 apartments, is in a low-rent housing estate next to one of the most affluent areas of Britain.
In addition, London Mayor Sadiq Khan called for an interim report on the fire to be published this summer.
"We need to know what happened", May said in a televised statement. The package includes a guarantee to rehouse people as close as possible to where they previously lived - a poor neighborhood surrounded by extreme wealth.
Firefighters were using drones and sniffer dogs to search the blackened tower, as some of the upper floors have not yet been made safe.
"That's one of the most bad things I have ever seen", Prince William said of the tower's blackened shell.
Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy confirmed the new death toll as he spoke near the scene of the devastating blaze, warning that he expected the death toll to rise further.
Members of the media report they are being targeted by angry members of the public.
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. The group previous year completed a 10 million pound ($12.8 million) renovation that included new outside insulation panels, double-paned windows and a communal heating system. One version of the product [has] a polyethylene core, the other version is around a fire-retardant mineral core. "At this time, we are not aware of any link between the fire and the exterior cladding to the tower". It did not address the exact makeup of the panels.
The communities secretary, Sajid Javid, attempted to reassure residents and locals from north Kensington and the wider public when he announced on Friday that the interim findings of investigations by fire officers could be ready soon.
"A priority of each and every one of us involved in the ongoing operation at Grenfell Towers is to recover and identify all the victims", he added.
Almost 110 families made homeless from the blaze are being housed at hotels in west London. Churches and community centers are providing meals and support, and donations of clothing, toys and household supplies are flooding in.
"When you have a fire that takes hold like that, that is literally an inferno. You get a lot of fragmentation of bodies, charring of bones and sometimes all that's left is ash", said Peter Vanezis, a professor of forensic medical sciences at Queen Mary University in London. "Sometimes all that's left is ash". A special service was held Friday afternoon at the al-Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre to pray for the victims - and for the families waiting for news.
"I cannot begin to put myself in the shoes of those families affected and I can entirely understand their frustration at not knowing if their loved ones are amongst those who have died", Cundy said.
Choucair has added her own posters, appealing for help in finding her mother, sister Nadia and her husband Bassem, and their three children; Mierna, 14, Fatima, 11, and 3-year-old Zayneb.