British PM May tries to quell public anger after deadly London fire

If that death toll is confirmed, it would make the Grenfell Tower blaze the deadliest in London since World War Two.

Queen Elizabeth held a minute's silence at the Trooping the Colour on Saturday for the victims of the London tower block fire. I can confirm that a 5 million pound ($6 million) emergency fund that I announced yesterday is now being distributed on the ground so people can buy clothes, food and other essentials. Some 600 people were living in the tower's 120 apartments.

Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy warned that the death toll could rise further as he formally identified a first victim as 23-year-old Mohammad Alhajali. All the rest are homeless.

In a report, BBC said the number could be around 70 people in total.

Police said on Saturday that at least 58 people had been confirmed or were assumed to have died in this week's blaze at the Grenfell Tower block.

"The figure of 58 are those who are missing and that we have to presume are dead", said Cundy.

The 58 victims who were believed to be missing after the disaster have been presumed dead, the London Police said.

Cundy said the search was paused over safety concerns Friday, but has since resumed. British media have reported that contractors installed a cheaper, less flame-resistant type of exterior paneling on the 24-story tower in a renovation that was completed just previous year.

Mr Cundy promised an exhausting investigation into the tragedy. "My heart goes out to those affected", Cundy said.

"In circumstances where foam plastic insulation is permitted, the insulation must meet stringent fire performance testing to limit the amount of smoke produced and slow the spread of flame, or the insulation must be protected by non-combustible material", Cripps said in an email.

"There is considerable damage within Grenfell Tower", he said. A new sign was put up, removing that detail.

London Fire Brigade said the lines had been temporarily closed because of a "short-term risk of some debris falling on to the tracks". At least 30 people have been declared killed in Wednesday's inferno.

When the prime minister visited the west London site of the fire on Thursday she spoke only to emergency services.

Questions are growing about how the Grenfell Tower fire spread so quickly, focused on the cladding fitted to external walls as part of an £8.7-million ($11-million) refit completed past year.

Major roads near the stricken building were open Saturday.

She will meet victims, volunteers and community leaders afterwards, said Downing Street.

On Saturday, more than 1,000 people gathered near May's Downing Street office to protest against her plan to form a government with the support of a socially conservative Northern Irish party. Bellerin, a defender, also plays for London club Arsenal.

Floral tributes and messages for the victims of Grenfell Tower are seen in London, Britain, on June 16, 2017.

There is simmering anger in the multi-ethnic north Kensington area hit by the blaze, and public fury has been directed at senior government figures, including May, who was jeered Friday after she visited the fire community.

The queen's official birthday is marked in June when the weather is often nicer than in April, the actual month of her birth. British health authorities say that 19 fire survivors are still being treated at London hospitals, and 10 of them remain in critical condition.

  • Zachary Reyes