79 people presumed dead in London tower block fire

Major roads near the stricken building were open Saturday.

As NPR's Merrit Kennedy reported, the Grenfell Tower fire has aroused the ire of those who feel it was caused by corporate malfeasance and who feel Prime Minister Theresa May's government is not doing enough to respond. But on the streets, there is anger over whether the block's renovation project purposefully did not include safety devices, such as sprinklers, or used banned flammable materials to clad the building and make it more attractive for neighbours in the upmarket Kensington and Chelsea region. However, there may be other people who were in there on the night that others were not aware were there.

A representative of the families who met with May and spoke to reporters briefly after leaving 10th Downing Street said "we will be making this in the community, with the community". Bellerin, a defender, also plays for London club Arsenal.

Smoke billows from a tower block severly damaged by a serious fire, in north Kensington, West London, Britain June 14, 2017.

We are supporting the families and loved one of each of those 79, and with the agreement of the families and the coroner once we have confirmed identities of those that have died we will be releasing their names.

The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, stood silently on the steps of Buckingham Palace before the start of the Trooping the Color that each year marks the queen's official birthday, which is traditionally celebrated in June when the weather is warm.

His statement came as Queen Elizabeth II reflected upon the sombre mood in the United Kingdom following tragedies in London and Manchester in recent weeks.

This latest figure, based on reports from the public, included the 30 already confirmed to have died in the fire in west London early Wednesday.

NHS England says the injured are being treated in four London hospitals.

While the blaze has prompted an outpouring of generosity, with many people donating provisions and clothes, it has also unleashed rage at the authorities as the charred tower was cast as a deadly symbol of a deeply divided society.

The UK's opposition Labour party launched a stinging attack of the Conservative government in the wake of the fire, underscoring the role austere economic policies may have had in the disaster.

Public anger is mounting as residents and neighbors demand answers for how the blaze early Wednesday spread so quickly and trapped so numerous tower's 600-odd residents.

Londoners and others have also donated huge amounts of food, water and clothing, and shelter, to survivors. More than 3 million pounds ($3.8 million) have been raised for the victims.

An additional public inquiry set up by the government will determine if building regulations had been broken.

Many are demanding answers for how the blaze spread so quickly.

She told BBC One's Sunday Politics: "We are still hearing stories of people not being allocated properly".

After a turbulent three months which has seen three militant attacks and now the tower blaze, Queen Elizabeth said "it is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", in a message on her official birthday.

The government has promised a full public inquiry.

  • Carolyn Briggs