Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Grenfell fire survivors 'getting just £10' from Kensington officials

Grenfell fire survivors 'getting just £10' from Kensington officials

The new exterior cladding used in a renovation on London's Grenfell Tower may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations, two British ministers said Sunday as police continued their investigation into the inferno that killed at least 58 people.

"Sadly, at this time there are 58 people who we have been told were in Grenfell Tower on the night that are missing and therefore sadly I have to assume that they are dead", Cundy said.

"People have given money to the Kensington appeal in the expectation that that would be used rapidly to give direct help", she said, adding: "To hear that people are being given just £10 - I am just appalled to hear that". "There are 37 people receiving treatment, of which 17 are still in critical care".

Experts said the intensity of the fire that raged for hours at the 24-story building will make naming victims an extremely hard and slow process.

There is simmering anger in the multi-ethnic north Kensington area hit by the blaze, and public fury has been directed at senior government figures, including May, who was jeered Friday after she visited.

The fire forced residents to flee through black smoke down the single stairwell, jump out of windows or even drop their children from the 120-apartment building. In a statement to mark the official celebration of her 91st birthday, she said: "It is hard to escape a very soreer national mood" after a "succession of terrific tragedies". Police and fire experts have said the fire was so intense that the process of identifying human remains will take weeks, if not months - and some victims may never be found.

Hundreds of people marched from Kensington town hall toward the gutted tower on Friday evening, some brandishing Socialist Worker Party placards emblazoned with slogans including "Defy Tory Rule" and "no justice, no peace".

She added that "some people may actually want to go to another part of London where perhaps they have a greater support network". The public is also demanding answers about how the blaze spread so quickly amid reports that the recently-renovated building's exterior paneling fueled the flames.

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Dr Tomlin said he believed residents left the meeting feeling "reassured that they were listened to".

May has ordered a public inquiry, to be chaired by a judge, into what is nearly certainly the worst fire in London since the World War II, with expectations the final number of dead will exceed 100. British officials have ordered a review of other buildings that have had similar renovations.

"We know how to do this".

Londoners and others have also donated huge amounts of food, water and clothing, and shelter, to survivors.

Anger flared in the Kensington community over the weekend - with many protests taking place across the capital - as some accused the authorities of withholding information and responding inadequately.

Earlier, a sign at a Tube station said that the service suspension was because of the "safety" of nearby Grenfell Tower, suggesting structural concerns.

A fire department spokesman said crews are working to secure the debris so that two subway lines could be reopened as soon as possible. They say their complaints were ignored - and fear it was because the tower was full of poor people in a predominantly wealthy borough.

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