Fears, frustrations grow as death toll in London building fire rises

Metropolitan police commander Stuart Cundy said, "We know that at least 30 people who have died".

May also drew criticism for seeming wooden and reluctant to engage in open debate with political rivals and voters during her election campaign, but local government minister Sajid Javid, responsible for housing policy, defended her on Friday.

She also noted that an emergency fund of more than $6 million has begun to be "distributed on the ground so people can buy clothes, food and other essentials".

British Prime Minister Theresa May paid a visit Friday to a refuge center at St. Clements Church, where survivors and the loved ones of victims from this week's fire at Grenfell Tower have congregated.

Protesters gathered to call for help for the residents of the burned building, and the BBC reports that dozens of people "stormed Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall with a list of demands".

But a report by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's Director of Housing just 11 months ago said the tower's safety credentials were exemplary.

The protesters chanted: "We want justice", "bring them out" and "shame on you". "It is important to be frank - fires are still breaking out and conditions are very hard and hazardous for the emergency services in the upper levels of the building".

A solemn Queen Elizabeth II marked a minute of silence Saturday for victims of the London high-rise inferno that killed at least 30 people as exhausted firefighters continued their grim search for more bodies.

Residents of the destroyed tower said May was far too slow to visit the stricken community, that the building had been unsafe and that officials have failed to give enough information and support to those who have lost relatives and their homes.

Six Egyptians remain missing after a fire engulfed the Grenfell Tower in London.

"That's one of the most bad things I have ever seen", William said of the tower's blackened shell. "We have been trodden on by people who say they are there to protect us", one woman said.

Protesters took to the streets in London with signs demanding "Justice for Grenfell" and declaring "Never again". Although the police and fire service expect the number to rise significantly, they are following their usual procedure of only raising it as they confirm deaths.

Telling her MPs that "a disaster of this scale clearly requires a comprehensive Government response", she listed a series of priorities detailing how the Government must react to the tragedy.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the fire while police have subsequently launched a criminal investigation.

"Government is making money available, we're ensuring that we're going to get to the bottom of what's happened, we will ensure that people are rehoused".

Cundy said there may have been other people in the tower who police are not aware of, and that could increase the death toll.

"Sadly, it is expected that the total will rise and it is not expected that any survivors will be found", he said.

  • Salvatore Jensen