Stay put? Deadly London fire puts scrutiny on high-rise rule
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 22:51
So far, 58 people have been feared dead - a toll that authorities warn could rise ahead of new figures to be released on Monday.
Scuffles broke out near the Kensington and Chelsea town hall offices Friday as demonstrators chanting "We want justice!" surged toward the doors.
"Family liaison officers are supporting families, and that includes those people we know to be dead; some of those who are crucially ill and sadly those people who we have been told were in Grenfell Tower that night who we have been unable to trace".
Families who have lost their homes must be supported, he said, grieving people must be helped and lessons must be learned following the tragedy, including ensuring it is not "so hard" for those who need help to find it.
Speaking to reporters, he said the "awful reality" was that it might not be possible to identify all the victims. "If more funding is required, it will be provided", May said, while more than 1,000 protesters rallied outside her residence Saturday. But these numbers are not precise, and police expect them to change.
Engineering experts and fire safety specialists believe the building's exterior cladding may have quickly fueled the blaze, overwhelming fire protection devices.
It said officials planned to: "Extend fire safety approach adopted at Grenfell Tower to all major works projects".
"There is a feeling from the community that they've been treated badly because some of them are poor", Khan said after a visit to a church near the burnt-out social housing block to attend a service which remembered victims of Wednesday's tragedy.
In a television interview, the Prime Minister said the fire was "absolutely horrifying" and had been a "terrifying experience" for those affected.
The police are appealing to anyone with pictures or videos of the blaze to hand them in, as they may help establish not only where and how the fire started, but also how it spread.
In another shock revelation, the U.S. also banned the sort of flammable cladding that allegedly encased the tower block. Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centres.
"There is considerable damage within Grenfell Tower", he said.
Two Underground lines near the fire area were partially shut down on Saturday to make sure that debris did not land on the tracks.