Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

London tower fire: 58 people missing presumed dead, say police

London tower fire: 58 people missing presumed dead, say police

"It will go to establish the answers of what happened in the fire and how it spread; it will look at the building itself; it will look at the refurbishment as well".

Last week, it emerged Brandon Lewis, the former Tory housing minister between 2014 and 2016, warned against increasing fire safety regulations to include sprinklers in 2014 because it could discourage house building.

The revised death toll comes as images showing the burned-out interior of the London tower block are released.

Foam insulation similar to that used on the exterior of Grenfell Tower is both manufactured in Ireland and used often by construction companies - though usually as an internal insulation, which is permissible, according to fire safety experts. Grief over a London high-rise tower fire that killed dozens turned to outrage Friday amid reports that the materials used in a recen.

London police said Monday there are now 79 people presumed dead from last week's fire at a public housing building.

The fire, which started just before 1 a.m. Wednesday, surprised many as they slept and the speed with which it spread shocked fire experts.

Questions are growing about how the Grenfell Tower fire spread so quickly, focused on the cladding fitted to external walls as part of an £8.7 million (US$11 million) refit completed a year ago.

Commander Stuart Cundy, of the Metropolitan Police, said that number "may increase" and that the "significant" recovery operation is likely to take weeks.

Met Police also revealed that the official number of people either dead or missing - now 79 - is expected to rise following searches of the wreckage.

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Sixteen bodies have been taken to a mortuary, and the first victim formally identified was named as Mohammad Alhajali, a 23-year-old Syrian refugee.

She added: "There are people in there, obviously, who have been subject to a very intense fire, and that will make some of the identification very hard, which is why it's even more important that we make sure we do this in a measured, careful and very well managed way".

He said the death toll of 79 could still change if anyone reported as missing was found alive, of if anyone was found in the ruined tower who had not been reported as missing. One opposition lawmaker urged the Conservative government and police to immediately seize all documents related to the tower renovation.

Police say the harrowing search for remains had paused Friday because of safety concerns at the blackened tower but has resumed.

"We have colleagues in there as we speak, searching for and recovering those that have died".

But when May went to the site of the fire Thursday, she stayed for only 15 minutes, declining to meet with any survivors or families.

Firefighter Lucy Masoud said: "One of my colleagues said when they were going in they were having to make the choice about who to save and who to leave to perish".

"Frankly, the support on the ground for families who needed help or basic information in the initial hours after this appalling disaster was not good enough", she said. British health authorities say that 19 fire survivors are still being treated at London hospitals, and 10 of them remain in critical condition.

A soccer player says that he will donate 50 pounds (more than $60) for each minute he plays at a European youth tournament to the victims of London's high-rise inferno.

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