Protesters storm town hall as anger grows over London fire
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 6:59
"We need to do whatever it takes to make people that live in those properties safe: that's either make the properties safe or find some other accommodation, it has to be done", he said, adding that survivors from the tower would be re-housed in the local area.
Another complicating factor is that much of the DNA material that would normally be used to help pinpoint victims like toothbrushes or combs were probably also incinerated in the blaze.
Some exterior cladding can create cavities which, in some cases, can cause what's known as "a chimney effect", drawing flames up the cavity if there are no fire barriers.
Senior councillors in Liverpool will hold a meeting with social landlords on Saturday, while the fire service is reviewing its inspection processes for high-rise buildings and prioritising inspections of high-rise premises across Merseyside.
Very early in the morning on Wednesday, a fire erupted in high rise apartment building Grenfell Tower in West London.
Young men on bicycles rode at the front of the protest ringing their bells, while people on foot behind them waved placards and chanted: "We want justice" and "No justice, no peace". Britain's Press Association reported that some 70 people are still missing after the fire, based on verified reports. He said that 24 people were being treated in hospitals, including 12 in critical care.
Many residents blame the fire's rapid spread on cladding fitted to the outside of the tower in a recent refurbishment.
It started with a fleeting visit from Prime Minister Theresa May, during which the prime minister failed to meet any of the survivors of the West London inferno.
The names of those who lost their lives are beginning to be made public.
The protesters chanted: "We want justice", "bring them out" and "shame on you".
London police say the number of victims has increased to 30 in the fire that engulfed a high-rise building.
London Police has launched an investigation to determine whether any crimes contributed to the blaze. May on Thursday announced a public inquiry while Khan called for an interim report on the fire to be published this summer.
The 8.7 million pound ($11.08 million) refurbishment was completed a year ago.
The U.K. newspaper said that Omnis Exteriors manufactured the aluminum composite material used in the cladding.
They cited a series of unanswered issues, including whether the cladding used on the building helped the blaze to spread. It did not address the exact makeup of the panels.
Pressed again on whether she had failed to understand the anger felt by the public, she said: "This was a bad tragedy that took place".
The Guardian also reported that the United Kingdom has no regulations requiring the use of fire-retardant material in cladding used on the outside of tower blocks and schools. A Bangladeshi family of five, who lived on the 16th floor, is among those missing.
The tower, part of the Lancaster West Estate, a social housing complex of nearly 1,000 homes in West London, was left extensively damaged.
The protesters paused along Kensington Church Street, stopping near Notting Hill Gate station to give speeches by loudspeaker.
Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, London mayor Sadiq Khan, Prince William and Queen Elizabeth, 91, have visited residents from the 24-story block destroyed on Wednesday as many slept, with anger at the authorities growing in the local community.
It may take some time though, before the families of the victims know the fate of their loved ones.
May has pledged to hold a public inquiry into the fire.