79 people believed dead in London tower block fire

GRT said in a statement: "Work is taking place to assess the housing needs of all Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk families to identify suitable accommodation in Kensington and Chelsea and neighbouring boroughs".

She said support on the ground for families immediately after the blaze was "not good enough" and ordered that more staff be deployed at the scene in high-visibility clothing.

Cundy said police would consider criminal prosecutions if there is evidence of wrongdoing and the police investigation would include scrutiny of the renovation project.

The incident in North Kensington caused the death of 79 people, though this number may still change.

Some survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire have been housed in poor quality bed and breakfast accommodation with no functioning showers, according to the local councillor representing residents of the block.

Over the past few days, another five people who had been reported missing in the fire have been found to be safe and well, Cundy said, saying he's "so grateful" for the news.

The media came under fire again when Allen's scheduled interview with BBC Newsnight was pulled at the last minute.

Some Grenfell residents had warned months ago that fire safety issues at the tower left it at risk of a "catastrophic" event.

Distressed women were seen hugging after the silence. Providing an update on the situation Monday morning, police said the death toll may rise further.

Despite that outcome, fire experts say "stay put" is still the best advice - as long as the building has proper fire-suppression protections, such as multiple stairwells, sprinkler systems, fireproof doors and flame-resistant construction materials, some of which were lacking in the London blaze.

"Until we do that, we can not look at anything other than staying with the same advice".

Some 19 patients are still being treated in hospital, of whom 10 are in a critical condition, the National Health Service said.

The fire has come at a particularly hard time for Prime Minister Theresa May, who was weakened by the loss of her parliamentary majority in a June 8 election and faces arduous talks on Britain's exit from the European Union.

A red t-shirt with the London Fire Brigade's logo had been placed by the memorial wall, with the name of a nearby fire station and the words "We tried, we're sorry" scrawled on it.

The arresting photos show apartment units with nearly nothing recognizable left inside, beyond kitchen sinks, laundry equipment and what appears to be a burned out mattress.

"As a effect the group wishes to point out to you that should a major fire tragedy, with loss of life, occur between now and 2017 in, for example, a residential care facility or a objective built block of flats, where the matters which had been raised here, were found to be contributory to the outcome, then the group would be bound to bring this to others' attention".

At the news conference Saturday afternoon, Cundy reiterated that the time it will take to find and recover victims will be "significant".

  • Leroy Wright