London tower block fire death toll reaches 79

Prince William hugged a victim of Wednesday's deadly west London fire (which now has a death toll of 58 people) when he made a visit to a crisis center on Friday. "This is incredibly distressing time for families".

Mrs May, who has since ordered more boots on the ground at the scene, is said to have "welled up" after hearing harrowing accounts from people caught up in the fire.

He added that teams and families of missing loved ones must prepare for "the bad reality" that some of those who died in the fire may never be identified due to the intensity of the fire.

It is really hard to describe the devastation the fire caused.

British outlets said May struggled to offer support or leadership in the wake of the blaze, accusing her of lacking emotional intelligence and calling her "Maybot".

A solemn Queen Elizabeth II marked a minute of silence Saturday for victims of the London high-rise inferno that killed at least 30 people as exhausted firefighters continued their grim search for more bodies.

Experts believe the buildings new exterior cladding, which contained insulation, helped spread the flames quickly up the outside of the public housing tower early Wednesday.

THE CLADDING AROUND the Grenfell Tower which is being blamed for spreading the fire is already illegal in the United Kingdom, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has claimed.

Cundy promised an "exhaustive" criminal investigation into the fire that would also look at a major refurbishment of the building completed a year ago.

The cause of Wednesday's blaze is still under investigation, but anger has mounted in the community amid reports that exterior paneling used in an extensive renovation completed previous year may have been banned by United Kingdom rules. "Where offences have been committed, I will do everything in my gift to make sure they are brought to justice", he said.

After she met with fire victims, volunteers and local leaders, British Prime Minister Theresa May said support for families following the fire was "not good enough". Anger among residents has been mounting in recent days as information about the missing has been scanty and efforts to find temporary housing have faltered.

The meeting is unlikely to quell complaints that May has been slow to reach out to fire survivors, despite her announcement of a $6.4 million emergency fund to help the displaced families.

In addition, British health authorities will provide long-term bereavement counseling for those who lost loved ones in the tragedy.

  • Salvatore Jensen