Number of Presumed Dead in London Fire Rises to 79

On the lack of sprinklers in Grenfell Tower, and other buildings, he said: "My understanding is that the best expert advice is that retrofitting sprinklers may not always be the best technical way of ensuring fire safety in a building".

Associated Press reported that public anger is mounting as residents and neighbors demand answers for how the blaze early Wednesday spread so quickly and trapped so numerous tower's 600-odd residents.

The Met Police's Commander Stuart Cundy said the death toll could still change while speaking outside New Scotland Yard this morning.

Metropolitan Police said family liaison officers have been deployed to support 52 families of residents who died, were injured or were reported missing.

He also added that he intends to release videos and images of the scene inside Grenfell Tower tomorrow, but stressed that he would not do that until all families affected had been contacted.

"My understanding is that the cladding that was reported wasn't in accordance with United Kingdom building regulations", Hands told Sky News.

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.

High-rise tower blocks which were built in the 1960s and 1970s could be "systematically torn down" in the wake of the deadly Grenfell Tower fire, Sadiq Khan has said.

One of the family's daughters said the community had been "very nice" and the family were getting help.

"Our focus has been on those that we know were in Grenfell Tower". I can confirm that a 5 million pound ($6 million) emergency fund that I announced yesterday is now being distributed on the ground so people can buy clothes, food and other essentials.

He also formally identified the first person known to have died as 23-year-old Mohammad al-Hajjali, a Syrian refugee. "The investigation will be extensive, my intention is that we will help provide answers".

"We will be looking at all criminal offences that may have been committed by any individual or any organisation", Candy said.

  • Zachary Reyes