58 missing and presumed dead in London apartment fire

And as NPR's Frank Langfitt in London, police are hoping that the death toll will not reach the triple digits.

The meeting on Saturday comes amid criticism levelled at Mrs May for not meeting those caught up in the fire in the immediate wake of the tragedy.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan wrote to May on Friday, saying residents felt increasingly enraged and frustrated by the slow response from the authorities. Corbyn was even seen hugging a local resident at St.

Mrs May spent nearly an hour speaking to patients and staff at London's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, a day after visiting the scene of the blaze in west London to talk to firefighters, police and other emergency workers.

The Prime Minister came under fire as she visited victims of the tragedy and was heckled as she left.

She has promised those left homeless by the blaze would be rehoused locally within weeks, and the 5 million pound fund would pay for emergency supplies, food, clothes and other costs.

King also said that there are around 4,000 tower blocks in the United Kingdom without automatic fire sprinkler protection systems in place.

The identities of some of the victims, including children, have emerged in local media. They say they will also use visual elements like tattoos and scars, in the painstaking process.

"That's why she totally accepted that it (the government response) hadn't been good enough".

Protesters later marched to the edge of the police cordon around the tower, shouting "no justice, no peace", where a few young men tried unsuccessfully to break through. "This is the third day". It does not matter why you have not told us, what is important is that we know you are safe.

Among the questions being asked are whether the owner of the building took any shortcuts in its use of construction materials, including the installation of external cladding, part of a renovation completed past year, that may have accelerated the fire's spread: It took only 15 minutes to take hold across the tower block.

National media in London reported extensively Friday that it would have cost just 5,000 pounds (6,400 USA dollars) extra for a cladding material with better fire protection qualities.

It issued a statement before the protest to try to address the concerns of residents.

Unhappy with their government's response, Friday's protesters attempted to take measures in their own hands.

Grenfell Tower is located in a pocket of social deprivation within the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, one of Britain's wealthiest areas. We know that there are still bodies of those who died inside the building and we want to return those people to their families as soon as we possibly can.

Britain's Prime Minister, Theresa May, arrives at 10 Downing Street, in central London, Britain June 16, 2017.

"It's hard to describe the devastation the fire has caused", Cundy said, fighting back tears as he spoke.

On Friday evening, hundreds gathered near the scene of the fire for a candlelit vigil to honor the deceased.

Many wept as they joined in with renditions of Bob Marley's Three Little Birds and Amazing Grace during a short service which ended with a two-minute silence.

Around the same time, Theresa May gave an interview to the BBC's News night. Nazir Afzal, the former chief crown prosecutor for the north-west and former acting chief crown prosecutor for London, said: "I would expect criminal charges to follow". "The government is making money available; we are ensuring we are going to get to the bottom of what has happened, we will ensure that people are re-housed".

"Statistics tell us that defend in place remains the best policy and is based on sound principles as it enables firefighters to work unhindered and protects against the apathy that can develop from exposure to false alarms", he said.

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