United Kingdom royals honor London fire victims as anger mounts

Aluminium composite panels are used to add insulation and to make a building more attractive, and consist of two metal panels sandwiching an inner material such as polyethylene, which was reportedly the case at Grenfell Tower. The paneling has been blamed for quickly spreading the flames.

A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government told CNN that the use of a composite aluminum panel with a polyethylene core would breach current United Kingdom building regulations guidance, which says this material should not be used as cladding on buildings over 18 meters (59 feet) in height.

Trade Minister Greg Hands said the government is carrying out an "urgent inspection" of the roughly 2,500 similar tower blocks across Britain to assess their safety, while an opposition lawmaker urged the government to quickly secure documents in the Grenfell renovation for the criminal probe.

The mayor and his wife Saadiya joined the congregation Sunday at St. May has faced a barrage of criticism for the government's initial response to the tragedy at Grenfell Tower.

Flowers and posters of missing persons are still taped to the gates of the church, which has been used as a temporary shelter and gathering point for donations.

Queen Elizabeth II said the disaster had cast a sombre pall over Britain, but insisted the country was showing resolve in the face of adversity.

London's fire department says that the reason for the subway closure near the high-rise fire disaster is because of a "short-term risk of some debris falling onto the tracks".

"The prime minister is this morning chairing a cross-government meeting to ensure everything possible is being done to support those affected by the Grenfell tragedy", the spokesman said. He asked anyone who was in the tower and survived to contact police immediately.

Vanezis said the best chance to identify victims may be if firefighters find bits of teeth or bone, medical devices like pacemakers or artificial implants.

He promised an "exhaustive" criminal investigation that would also look at a major refurbishment of the tower completed a year ago. The group previous year completed a 10 million pound ($12.8 million) renovation that included new outside insulation panels, double-paned windows and a communal heating system. They say their complaints were ignored - and fear it was because the tower was full of poor people in a hugely wealthy neighborhood.

"I have friends in the tower and they are not telling us anything", said Salwa Buamani, 25, who took part in the peaceful protest outside with her three-year-old niece.

"Occupy it, compulsory purchase it, requisition it - there's a lot of things you can do", the Labour leader told ITV's Peston on Sunday.

He said the situation has become an emergency and that "all assets" should be brought to the table.

Rescue personnel have had difficulty reaching the top floors of the charred, 24-story tower.

At least 58 people are dead or presumed dead after the blaze.

A minute's silence was held to remember the victims shortly after Mr Cundy's statement.

His family said in a statement that Alhajali "came to the United Kingdom because he had ambitions and aims for his life and for his family".

The death toll from a fire that ravaged a London tower block last week has risen to 79, police said on Monday, as the government tried to show it was improving its handling of a tragedy that has angered the public.

  • Leroy Wright