Grenfell Tower Fire Victim Count Increases, Police Investigate Possible Crimes
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 18:10
Commander Stuart Cundy said that number "may increase".
The new number may change as the investigation continues, Cundy said.
This latest figure, based on reports from the public, included the 30 already confirmed to have died in the fire in west London early Wednesday.
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".
Cundy said it was hard to describe what he saw when he went into the building on Saturday.
"We must prepare people for the bad reality that some people may not be identified due to the intensity of the fire", he said.
The investigation into the fire will span a "wide range of areas", Cundy said, from its original construction, to the refurbishment and how it has been managed and maintained.
"There is also a real possibility that there may be people in the building that no-one knows are missing".
The announcement came ahead of a minute's silence to be held at 11am across all Government buildings to remember the people who lost their lives and all those affected by the fire in north Kensington last week.
Experts believe the exterior cladding, which contained insulation, helped spread the flames quickly along the outside of the tower in the June 14 blaze.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday said that the response to the disaster had not been "not good enough" as she battled critics who targetted her post-election fragile government over the tragedy.
Frustration has been mounting in recent days as information about those still missing in the blaze has been scanty and efforts to find temporary housing for the hundreds of now-homeless tower residents have faltered.
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