Banned building materials suspected in London's deadly Grenfell Tower fire: United Kingdom government

At 58 casualties, it would make the Grenfell Tower blaze the deadliest in the capital since the Second World War.

The head of state said a saddened country was showing resolve in the face of adversity and a determination to rebuild wrecked lives.

He said the temperature of the blaze at Grenfell Tower was comparable to a cremation.

Scotland Yard has said the rescue operation by emergency services on the site will take weeks and the death toll is also expected to rise further, though not all victims may be identified due to the nature of the burns.

On Thursday Mrs May met the emergency services at the scene of the blaze, while on Friday she visited victims in hospital and met survivors, residents, volunteers and community leaders in Kensington.

In the days that have followed the Grenfell Tower fire in London, a complex mix of emotions has gripped those directly affected by the unfolding tragedy and, indeed, those watching from afar.

Victims met the Prime Minister at Number 10 on Saturday evening and man representing the group said they had spoken about their "demands and what we expect". The toll had previously been put at 30.

Some families said they had been told they could go back to their homes, only to find their gas and water was not working, and were anxious about the fumes from the fire.

A fire department spokesman said crews are working to secure the debris so that two subway lines could be reopened as soon as possible.

A pressing concern for Grenfell Tower residents as well as households in the surrounding area who had been evacuated is the issue of housing. However, there may be other people who were in there on the night that others were not aware were there. Bellerin, a defender, also plays for London club Arsenal.

The reason for that - at one point, in terms of our casualty bureau, there were 400 people who were reported missing from Grenfell Tower.

The queen's official birthday is marked in June when the weather is often nicer than in April, the actual month of her birth.

"During recent visits in Manchester and London, I have been profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need", the queen said in a statement.

Experts believe the exterior cladding, which contained insulation, helped spread the flames quickly up the outside of the public housing tower early Wednesday morning. The queen said it was "difficult to escape a very somber mood" on what is normally a day of celebration.

Londoners and others have also donated huge amounts of food, water and clothing, and shelter, to survivors.

The government has promised a full public inquiry, but that has done little to ease a sense of frustration at the lack of information about how the fire moved so quickly to engulf the building. "Wherever we can, we will bring people to justice if there is evidence". More than 3 million pounds ($3.8 million) have been raised for the victims.

  • Leroy Wright