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

Building materials in London fire under scrutiny

Police Commander Stuart Cundy said the number of 58 is based on reports from the public and may rise. We want to rehouse people in a good home as quickly as we can.

Prince William hugged a victim of Wednesday's deadly west London fire (which now has a death toll of 58 people) when he made a visit to a crisis center on Friday.

On a day when thousands of people took to the streets to demand answers and justice over the deadly blaze, the Labour leader said ministers had a duty to stick to their guarantee, but officials attempting to find places for those displaced gave the impression of being overwhelmed. 16 bodies have been recovered from the Tower and taken to a mortuary.

The Government admitted it may be necessary to push some residents out across the capital, despite Communities Secretary Sajid Javid having repeated the promise to keep people local hours earlier.

Speaking outside St Clement's Church, Mr Khan said: "There is a feeling from the community that they have been treated badly because some of them are poor".

UK Chancellor Phillip Hammond said the cladding - which has been widely blamed for helping spread the blaze - was banned in Europe and the US.

Her government is trying to make up ground in reacting to a fire that trapped people in their beds in the early hours of Wednesday, with many unable to escape as the flames raced up the building, cutting off exit routes and forcing some to jump.

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 community.

Police have been struggling to come up with an authoritative list of who was in the building when the fire started, making it hard to determine how many had died.

Controversy is also erupting over the Grenfell Tower's exterior cladding, with two British ministers saying the cladding used in a recent renovation may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations.

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"That will be a subject that the inquiry will look at".

The shadow Brexit Secretary, who is also the former Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), revealed prosecutors were now part of the investigation. Firefighters leaving the scene were greeted by cheers and applause.

Britain held a moment of silence for the victims on Monday, with emergency service workers bowing their heads in respect.

Detectives investigating the fire at Grenfell Tower have today released haunting images and footage from inside the building. He came to Britain in 2014 with his brother. Alhajali was a civil engineering student at West London University and lived on the 14th floor.

The Sunday Times described the disaster as "a massive safety failure" and "avoidable".

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

"The anger that such an appalling thing could happen in a modern capital city is entirely justified".

Police and fire crews have asked local residents for patience after they were accused of deliberately playing down the death toll.

"At No 10 yesterday, the Prime Minister assured the group that from now on residents would be consulted on a coordinated relief effort".

Emeli Sande, Stereophonics singer Kelly Jones, Rita Ora, Leona Lewis and Pixie Lott were among those taking part.

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