Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

2nd LD: Protesters storm local town hall over London fire

2nd LD: Protesters storm local town hall over London fire

"We've worked tirelessly to confirm the number of people who we believe were in the tower on the night and, at this time we can not assume they are safe and well", he said.

Earlier, dozens of people stormed the town hall building in the London's Kensington district where the tragedy was being discussed.

A Downing Street spokesman said: "The Prime Minister is this morning chairing a cross-Government meeting to ensure everything possible is being done to support those affected by the Grenfell tragedy".

May also said that a public inquiry that is looking into the Grenfell Fire will report directly to her and that she has asked for daily updates from the neighbourhood to be sent to her. "And it is incredibly hard to describe the devastation in some parts of that building".

London mayor Sadiq Khan has said that tower blocks in the city built during the 1960s and 1970s could be torn down following the Grenfell Tower fire.

"During recent visits in Manchester and London, I have been profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need", the queen said in a statement. As many as 500 gathered at the building, forcing May to run to her auto under police guard as she left the building, with echoes of "coward" being hurled in her direction.

Some Grenfell Tower residents had warned months ago fire safety issues at the building meant that it was at risk of a "catastrophic" event.

London tower fire: 58 people missing presumed dead, say police
London police said Monday there are now 79 people presumed dead from last week's fire at a public housing building. The revised death toll comes as images showing the burned-out interior of the London tower block are released.

The first victim has been formally identified as 23-year-old Syrian refugee Mohammed Alhajali.

He said police had received some 70 pictures and videos of the fire from the public and urged them to send more as officers investigate the blaze.

Police said they are using the INTERPOL Disaster Victim Identification Standards to identify the deceased.

Cundy says the new number may change as investigation continues.

The tragedy has provoked a big response from nearby communities that have donated food and shelter to the victims.

In another shock revelation, the United States also banned the sort of flammable cladding that allegedly encased the tower block. They say their complaints were ignored. May has promised to devote more resources to helping members of the community cope and has ordered a full public inquiry into the causes of the blaze. He said he was "heartbroken by the tragic fire and the appalling loss of life".

Officials don't believe the concrete structure is in imminent danger of collapse despite the extensive fire damage, but fears about falling debris have led to the partial closure of two London subway lines.

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