London tower fire: 58 people missing presumed dead, say police
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 8:07
Anger following the London high-rise rise fire that killed at least 30 people boiled over Friday with protests erupting in at least two places in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
These buildings are believed to not have sprinklers or fire escapes and could spark another disaster like Grenfell Tower. The reason for that - at one point, in terms of our casualty bureau, there were 400 people who were reported missing from Grenfell Tower.
But that figure could change, he said.
The Met police have confirmed that 30 people died in the fire and scores more are still missing.
Shortly after Saturday's meeting, Downing Street released a strongly-worded statement in which the Prime Minister said support in the immediate aftermath of the fire "was not good enough".
Hundreds of people marched from Kensington town hall toward the gutted tower on Friday evening, some brandishing Socialist Worker Party placards emblazoned with slogans including "Defy Tory Rule" and "no justice, no peace".
In a statement to mark the official celebration of her 91st birthday, she said: "It is hard to escape a very soreer national mood" after a "succession of terrific tragedies". They say their complaints were ignored.
Mrs May, criticised in the first few days after the blaze for failing to meet the victims, said the public inquiry looking into the tragedy will report directly to her.
Their teams were forced to leave the 24-storey building yesterday afternoon when the fire restarted, delaying further the efforts to reach upper floors - where many victims are thought to have been trapped.
Around 70 people are missing, according to Britain's Press Association, and identification of the victims is proving very hard.
Although police don't suspect arson to be the cause of this fire, a criminal investigation was launched to see if there was any foul play involved.
The meeting came one day after May was chastised by protesters as she visited near the scene of the blaze. "What I'm now absolutely focused on is ensuring that we get that support on the ground", Mrs May said in a BBC Newsnight interview.
Messages of support for those affected by the massive fire in Grenfell Tower are displayed on a well near the tower in London, Thursday, June 15, 2017. Those who lost their homes will be rehoused within three weeks, she said.
Police said 19 people are still in hospital, including 10 who are in a critical condition. "Wallowing in the wash of a general election that stripped our Prime Minister of her authority on the very eve of European Union negotiations, neither common sense nor the evidence suggest she can re-establish public confidence", wrote Mr Matthew Parris, a columnist and former Conservative lawmaker, in the Times.