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

Death toll from London inferno rises to 58

"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", Commander Stuart Cundy told reporters.

"We always knew that the death toll would rise", Cundy said, adding that there was nothing to suggest that the fire at Grenfell Tower was started deliberately.

A woman touches missing person posters near The Grenfell Tower block, destroyed by fire, in north Kensington, West London, Britain June 16, 2017. "He gave love to everyone", his family said in a statement. This year, however, it is very hard to escape a very sombre national mood.

"Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity", Elizabeth said.

Defending the way Mrs May had handled the tragedy, First Secretary of State, Damian Green said suggestions the Prime Minister does not seem to have what it takes to respond to such a disaster were "terribly unfair".

The images of the 24-storey building being ravaged by fire "should be forever seared into our nation's collective memory", he said.

Experts believe the building's new exterior cladding, which contained insulation, helped spread the flames quickly up the outside of the public housing tower early Wednesday. Residents want answers on why the fire spread so quickly, trapping numerous estimated 600 residents.

Dozens of demonstrators surged towards the entrance of St Clement's church and there were scuffles outside as organisers appealed for calm.

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In an interview on Saturday, May admitted that the government's response to the disaster was "not good enough" as she announced a fast-tracked public inquiry into the fire promised to provide increased aid to help survivors cope and find alternative housing.

Prime Minister Theresa May had to virtually flee the church she visited in order to meet survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, which has killed 30 people and injured scores of others.

"Absolutely she has the same degree of sympathy and horror at these events that we all have", he added. We are all desperately sad, we are angry, but of course none of us as angry as those who were directly affected. "I said 'why you didn't come - they brought us outside, I thought you are with us.' He said 'no one brought me outside.' He said, 'why you left me?'" And obviously that will be a subject that the (public) inquiry will look at.

Mrs May later said that all survivors would be rehoused within three weeks as close as possible to the tower.

Homeless Grenfell Tower victims will receive at least £5500 ($9670) in a Government payout, the Sun reports.

"This is an absolutely very bad fire that took place".

For Soran Karimi, 31, who lives in the block opposite, it was nothing short of "murder" and "people should be prosecuted for this".

"My understanding is the cladding in question, this flammable cladding which is banned in Europe and the USA, is also banned here", Chancellor Philip Hammond said in a BBC interview.

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