Number of casualties in London tower block fire rises to 79

At least 79 people are dead or missing and presumed dead following the fire that tore through the 24-story Grenfell Tower in London, police have said.

Mr Cundy said five people who were reported missing had now been found safe and well. "I believe there are 79 people that are either dead, or missing, and sadly I have to presume are dead", Metropolitan police commander Stuart Cundy told reporters. Mohammad Alhajali was initially identified last Thursday by a Syrian solidarity group he worked for.

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

London police late Sunday released photographs of the devastation inside the 120-unit building to show the public and frustrated family members why the search for victims is taking so long.

HAUNTING pictures and video showing the sheer destruction after the fire which ripped through the Grenfell Tower block have been released.

But now, The Independent has confirmed that the family have not suffered from any casualties, one the daughters confirmed on Facebook that they were not injured but have lost everything.

He said: "We must also prepare people for the awful reality that some people may not be identified due to the intensity of the fire".

On Sunday the government announced further details of a £5m emergency fund established in the wake of the blaze. "I do think there will be some change to that number", Cundy said.

Following the fire, the building's safety precautions have been called into question, with some saying cladding - building material usually attached directly to the frame of a building to act as an outer wall to provide insulation and protection from the elements - caused the fire to spread.

Cundy on Monday promised an "exhaustive" criminal investigation into the tragedy.

Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a fund of £5 million ($6.4 million) to help those affected by the blaze.

"The prime minister needs to act immediately to ensure that all evidence is protected so that everyone culpable for what happened at Grenfell Tower is held to account and feels the full force of the law", Mr Lammy said.

"It's hard to describe my feelings, because I can not imagine, and I would not want to put myself in the position of those families who have lost their loved ones".

"But we will do it with our utmost professionalism and we will do everything we can as quickly as we can to locate everybody who is in there".

  • Salvatore Jensen