People Still Missing After Grenfell Tower Fire Assumed Dead

Protesters upset with how the British government has so far handled the aftermath continued calls Friday for greater assistance.

The fire that consumed London's Grenfell Tower, tragically killing at least 30 people, may have dissipated, but it has once again focused attention on the city's social housing crisis.

The police pledging to figure out if there are criminal acts of negligence behind the fire.

Around a hundred people entered the town hall, and were held back by police and council officials. He says it will take weeks or longer to recover and identify all the dead at the building.

Commander Stuart Cundy said "my heart goes out to those affected".

The building had been home to a diverse group of residents, many of them from Sudan, Eritrea, and Syria. He asked anyone who was in the tower and survived to contact police immediately.

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire are being given just £10 to live on by the local council, despite millions of pounds of donations to relief funds, a volunteer has said. Police have established a security cordon around the building to protect public safety and allow searchers easy access to the wrecked building.

Firefighters raged against the inferno for more than 24 hours and the frantic fight has left its mark.

"The residents of Grenfell Tower, families who have lost loved ones, and the emergency services who have been working so hard to help them have been through some of the most harrowing and traumatic experiences imaginable", Mrs May said.

The identification of the victims is proving very hard - which experts attribute to the extreme heat of the fire.

British health authorities say they are still treating 19 patients, 10 of whom remain in critical condition after the London high-rise fire. This relies on dental records, fingerprints and DNA when possible and also features like tattoos or scars.

Queen Elizabeth II said the disaster had cast a sombre pall over Britain, but insisted the country was showing resolve in the face of adversity.

Mr Khan said the images of the 24-storey building being ravaged by fire "should be forever seared into our nation's collective memory". Earlier in the day, the 91-year-old monarch described the country's mood as "somber" but insisted that Britain remained resolute during a hard time.

In an interview, she was questioned over whether there was a need for the United Kingdom government to accept some responsibility for what had happened.

Dozens of protesters also stormed Kensington and Chelsea town hall on Friday shouting "we want justice" and "not 17" - referring to the previously announced official number of dead, which has now risen to 30.

Anger over the causes of the fire and the government's handling of the tragedy have grown during the week.

Fire safety experts believe that cladding put on the building's exterior during a renovation a year ago was less fire retardant, which may have fueled the blaze.

The tragedy has provoked a huge response from nearby communities that have donated food and shelter to the victim.

  • Leroy Wright