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79 people presumed dead in London tower block fire

19 June 2017, 06:11 | Myron Mathis

A church spire stands in the foreground of Grenfell Tower in North Kensington London Britain

A church spire stands in the foreground of Grenfell Tower in North Kensington London Britain

"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, adding that the figure could change. The cause of the massive blaze is still under investigation, but anger has mounted in the community amid reports that the rain-screen cladding on the exterior of Grenfell Tower may have spread the flames.

She said 201 families have received emergency accommodation to date and that by the end of Monday the teams aim to have contacted all known families affected by the fire and completed an assessment of what they need.

Ronnie King, the UK's former chief fire officer, told Al Jazeera: "I wouldn't wish to denigrate those who installed the cladding because - whatever the cladding was - it did not have to be fire resistant under the building regulations", said King. Attention has focused on materials used during the renovation process completed past year.

Two British officials said Sunday that new exterior cladding used in a renovation of Grenfell Tower may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations. "My understanding is that the cladding in question, this flammable cladding which is banned in Europe and the USA, is also banned here".

They demanded justice for the victims and claimed Wednesday's fatal blaze was due to negligence, with many citing the new cladding put on the 1974 concrete tower.

The Tottenham MP is calling for preservation of all records, including emails, minutes of meetings, correspondence with contractors, safety assessments, specifications and reports.

Staff from Ealing Council in west London took over humanitarian efforts on Saturday and are now running operations at Westway Sports Centre, which has become the main refuge centre for residents of the tower made homeless by the fire.


"When the truth comes out about this tragedy, we may find that there is blood on the hands of a number of organizations", Lammy said.

He complained bitterly that a friend - the young artist Khadija Saye - was still alive three hours after the fire started but was unable to get out of her apartment to safety.

Britain will act on any recommendations from a probe into a fire that ripped through an apartment block and killed at least 58 people, ministers said, responding to a tragedy their critics said showed something had gone "badly wrong" in the country. He has not provided details about the inquiry. They say their complaints were ignored.

The fire at the 24-story building has led to community anger and protests over the British government's response.

A protest calling more effective action to help the survivors was staged in front of the Downing Street.

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

Writing in the Observer on Sunday, Mr Khan suggested high-rise tower blocks dating from the 1960s and 1970s could be torn down in the wake of the fire, which he said may well be the "defining outcome of this tragedy".



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