58 presumed dead in London tower blaze

Authorities say at least 30 people have died from the blaze, which engulfed the Grenfell Tower early Wednesday morning.

Some protesters met Theresa May at the nearby St Clement's Church, and she faced cries of "coward" and "shame on you".

Local anger began building Wednesday as the 24-story residential Grenfell Tower block caught fire and was consumed by flames in a matter of minutes.

"She wanted an entirely controlled situation in which she didn't use her humanity", former cabinet minister Michael Portillo told the BBC.

'We urge swift action to rehouse the homeless, in consultation with them, rather than send them to cheaper places far from London, ' the London Faiths Forum said in a statement.

High-rise tower blocks dating from the 1960s and 1970s could be torn down in the wake of the deadly Grenfell Tower fire, the London mayor has said.

"Sadly at this time, there are 58 people who we have been told were in Grenfell Tower on the night that are missing and therefore, sadly, I have to assume that they are dead", Cmdr.

She also met a group of victims at her office in Downing Street yesterday.

A fire broke out at Grenfell Tower in the early hours of 14 June.

London police said an investigation, led by a detective from its homicide and major crime unit, would examine whether criminal offences had been committed although they said there was nothing to suggest the fire was started deliberately.

She said she has ordered daily progress reports on housing for those affected, and vowed the public inquiry into the disaster would be "open and transparent".

It followed a separate, smaller protest at Kensington Town Hall, where residents tried to air their grievances to councillors.

"This was a awful tragedy that took place". As an absolute priority, what we are all doing is, as quickly and with as much dignity as we can, recovering those that are still inside.

With dozens still unaccounted for, police have said that the death toll would rise and some victims might never be identified as firefighters search the charred shell of the building to locate the victims' remains.

May announced on Friday that her government has set up a £5 million ($8.4 million Cdn) "discretionary fund" to help pay for food, clothing, personal supplies and funerals.

  • Salvatore Jensen