London apartment fire: Rage as death toll climbs to at least 58

I have heard horrifying stories from the fire brigade, from police and from victims themselves who were in that tower but also from other local residents, some of whom of course have not been able to go back to their homes either.

London police said Saturday they believed the death toll at the Grenfell Tower fire had risen to at least 58, as Britain comes to grips with what could be the worst fire in the country since World War II, Reuters reported.

The fire occurred early Wednesday morning, quickly spreading through the 20 storey block.

British media have reported that contractors installed a cheaper, less flame-resistant type of exterior panelling on the tower in a renovation that was completed just previous year.

Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said that number "may increase" further and that the "significant" recovery operation is likely to take weeks.

He says it will take weeks or longer to recover and identify all the dead at the building.

"The figure of 58 are those who are missing and that we have to presume are dead", said Cundy.

"I think we're going to have a summer of unrest, to be honest", she said. "So that 58 would include that 30", he said.

"If someone was in Grenfell tower and they did escape, and they haven't made it known to the police or to their family, I would urge them to contact the police casualty bureau".

Nearby the blackened shell of Grenfell Tower are the council-owned buildings of Markland House, Frinstead House and Whitstable House, and Ms Allison said she had "so many tips coming in that things there aren't tip top either".

British Prime Minister Theresa May, criticized shortly after the blaze for failing to meet with victims, says the public inquiry looking into the tragedy will report directly to her.

The meeting lasted more than two hours Saturday but the group did not speak to reporters gathered outside.

May said after the meeting there have been "huge frustrations" in the community as people tried to get information about the fire investigation.

As Prime Minister Theresa May said the support on the ground was "not good enough", members of the public told the Press Association there appeared to be no centralised list of those missing, and that they were forced to continually visit or call the various rescue centres and hospitals that were dealing with those affected.

The identification of the victims is proving very hard - which experts attribute to the extreme heat of the fire.

Officials are using dental records, fingerprints, DNA samples, tattoos and scars to try and positively identify victims. This relies on dental records, fingerprints and DNA when possible and also features like tattoos or scars.

In her official birthday message Saturday, the queen addressed the latest tragedy to hit the nation.

Victims, volunteers and community leaders from the Grenfell Tower disaster arrive in Downing Street. "This year, however, it is hard to escape a very somber national mood".

May was asked repeatedly in an interview on Friday whether she had misread the public mood.

Later, demonstrators stormed the offices of Kensington and Chelsea Council over its handling of the crisis amid concerns that earlier renovation work was linked to the dramatic spread of the blaze.

Survivors of the building claimed the fatal fire resulted from a lack of maintenance to the tower.

On Friday, grief over the disaster turned into anger as protesters took to the streets to vent over the fire, the death toll for which continues to escalate, with dozens more deaths feared.

British officials said Sunday that exterior cladding used in a recent renovation of the building may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations.

"The fire at Grenfell Tower was an unimaginable tragedy for the community, and for our country".

At Friday's meeting, May had pledged a 5-million-pound support fund (6.4 million dollars) for those affected. Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centers.

  • Leroy Wright