Grenfell Tower: 79 presumed dead in London fire


Grenfell Tower: 79 presumed dead in London fire

The death toll from a fire that ravaged a London tower block last week has risen to 79, police said on Monday, as the government tried to show it was improving its handling of a tragedy that has angered the public.

The reason for that - at one point, in terms of our casualty bureau, there were 400 people who were reported missing from Grenfell Tower. The investigation will include areas such as the construction, renovation and maintenance of the building and fire safety procedures, he said. Officials warn that no further survivors are likely to be found. Police Commander Stuart Cundy said Saturday it will take weeks or longer to recover and identify all the dead in the public housing block that was devastated by a fire early Wednesday.

"As the toxic ash of Grenfell Tower's vanity cladding falls over the neighbouring streets, we are left with the acrid truth in our throats: regeneration in the Royal Borough is in fact a crime of greed and selfishness", the author wrote. However, there may be other people who were in there on the night that others were not aware were there.

"That is also an absolute priority for the investigation - to establish who they may be". Composing himself, he said "It's fair to say it is incredibly emotional working in there".

"There is considerable damage within Grenfell Tower", he said.

"I've heard stories of heroism, from Christians, from Muslims and from others, looking after their brothers and sisters, their neighbours and doing the job that we expect from this brilliant community because of the fantastic community that is here in this part of London". Cundy gave Alhajali's name at the press briefing. Alhajali was a civil engineering student at West London University and lived on the 14th floor.

She says she will receive daily reports from the stricken neighborhood, where hundreds of people have been displaced.

Barwell had told lawmakers that the government meant to review fire safety standards following a fatal fire at Lakanal House, a London high-rise in 2009.

The cause of Wednesday's blaze is still under investigation, but anger has mounted in the community amid reports that exterior paneling used in an extensive renovation completed past year may have been banned by United Kingdom rules.

The council has been relieved of responsibility for taking care of the survivors of the disaster, having struggled to cope with the aftermath of the deadly blaze.

Arconic did not respond to requests for comment.

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. Exterior paneling helped the fire spread.

The newspaper said the PE panels were 2 pounds ($2.56) cheaper per square metre than the Reynobond FR option.

Lammy, who lost a friend in the fire - talented young artist Khadija Saye - also said that the residents' treatment by the authorities had been "absolutely appalling", with volunteers stepping in to help instead.

"Polyethylene is a thermoplastic material, which.melts and drips as it burns, spreading the fire downwards as well as upwards", architectural consultants Probyn Miers said in a note on insulation materials posted its website.

Engineering experts and fire safety specialists believe the building's exterior cladding may have quickly fueled the blaze, overwhelming fire protection devices.

The London Fire Brigade has yet to say what the cause of the fire was.