Death toll from London tower block blaze rises to 17

After May failed to win an outright majority in a snap election last week, she is battling to strike a deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party to support her government.

She has promised to set up a public inquiry and pledged £5m (€5.7m) to help the victims.

The London Evening Standard reported that hundreds of activists marched to the town hall and gathered outside the building on Friday chanting: "We want justice".

"The response of the emergency services, National Health Service, and the community has been heroic", Ms May said in a statement.

Prime Minister Theresa May is speaking with survivors of the high-rise fire in which 30 people are confirmed to have died.

Residents had long complained about fire safety risks at Grenfell Tower during a refurbishment project completed a year ago, but said their concerns went unheeded.

As the video continues to record, Rania is heard praying and saying police are telling people to get out but that they can't due to the fire and the smoke.

Meanwhile, dozens of people erupted into Kensington and Chelsea town hall to protest the lack of response following the fire.

The protesters barged their way through an automatic door at and sought to gain entry to an upper floor.

Scuffles broke out in the crowd as Mrs May's auto drove away from the scene of the disaster.

An investigative report into the disastrous Grenfell Tower fire may not be made public for years, it has been revealed.

The leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council - the authority that owns the tower block - told the BBC it would not use the type of cladding fitted to Grenfell Tower in other buildings in the borough.

The U.K. newspaper said that Omnis Exteriors manufactured the aluminum composite material used in the cladding.

There were angry scenes in the centre of London on Friday evening as protesters stormed one government building and protested loudly in front of another. "I'm praying for them", she said. "They have been left with nothing - no bank cards, no money, no means of caring for their children or relatives".

He said there was still "simmering anger" among residents as well as "hostility and concern" over whether it Downing Street might offer no more than "warm words".

Mr Green dismissed suggestions the Prime Minister does not seem to have what it takes to respond to such a disaster. "You have to be prepared to receive people's emotions, and not be so frightened about people", he said.

A young Syrian refugee was identified on Thursday as one of the first victims of the huge fire which gutted the apartment block in west London earlier this week. British press is reporting that as many as 70 people are still missing and unaccounted for in the tower.

"People are terrified that the same thing could happen to them", Khan wrote in the letter.

Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by grandson Prince William, paid a visit to the Grenfell Tower this morning where the number of missing is estimated to be around 76. "The sad reality is that this work will stretch into many weeks", he said.

A criminal investigation has been launched, CNN reported.

"The recovery of victims from inside the building is enormously challenging, but it is our absolute priority above everything else to recover and identify the victims and let the families know", Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said. "Sadly we do not expect there to be any survivors".

The paper also said that the last full assessment of fire risks for the building was in December 2015, before the refurbishment was completed past year.

  • Salvatore Jensen