London fire: Death toll rises to 58
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 18, 2017,
Jun 18, 2017, 15:23
At least 58 people are dead or presumed dead and many others are homeless.
The official death toll from the blaze now sits at 30, up from 17 overnight, as firefighters continue the extremely hard process of recovering bodies from within the tower.
Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy asserted that their investigation will "establish the facts and provide answers", as they "look into what criminal offences may have been committed".
"It really devastated me", he said. On Saturday, she met with a group of residents in the more controlled setting of 10 Downing Street.
Mrs May was hustled away under heavy police guard from a meeting with residents on Friday as protesters shouted "Shame on you" and hundreds stormed a local town hall calling for justice.
But criticism of her response has heaped further pressure on the premier, whose Conservative government remains in limbo after losing its parliamentary majority in last week's election. They also complained that May's visit to the neighborhood was too slow and that support was lacking for those who lost relatives and homes. The U.K. government has also promised to find homes for the survivors within three weeks at the latest. Tenants of the building say they raised concerns about the building's infrastructure before, but that their concerns were dismissed.
May said after the meeting Saturday that there have been "huge frustrations" in the community as people tried to get information. "I absolutely get why they're angry", Green said.
There has been growing fury at the low-rent estate where residents wanted answers on why the fire was able to spread so rapidly and why complaints about safety had been ignored. "Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity".
May was accosted by furious protesters earlier today as she attended the nearby Kensington Town Hall. "United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favour, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss".
Khan said images of the 1970's building being ravaged by fire "should be forever seared into our nation's collective memory".
There is ample food and water but very little privacy or proper bedding, and with the tower destroyed, no one knows where they will be relocated or for how long. One of them told reporters they spoken to the Prime Minister for two and a half hours about their demands and what they expected.