58 people feared dead in London tower fire: United Kingdom police

Posted June 20, 2017

"I'm afraid to say there are now 79 people that we believe are either dead" or presumed dead in London's Grenfell Tower fire, Metropolitan Police Cmdr.

The government has promised a full public inquiry.

Public anger is mounting as residents and neighbors demand answers for how the blaze early Wednesday spread so quickly and trapped so numerous tower's 600-odd residents.

"So there are two separate questions".

"The second question is, were they correctly complied with. It will also be a subject that the criminal investigation will be looking at".

The specific cladding used in the Grenfell Tower renovation has been identified as a cheaper and more flammable variety, amid confusion over whether the material is legal in the UK.

"I do understand for the people of Grenfell Tower that is no consolation, but if we were to change that advice now and have everyone evacuating through single staircases, it would cause more problems and more injuries".

"In circumstances where foam plastic insulation is permitted, the insulation must meet stringent fire performance testing to limit the amount of smoke produced and slow the spread of flame, or the insulation must be protected by non-combustible material", Cripps said in an email.

Police and fire experts have said the fire was so intense that the process of identifying human remains will take weeks, if not months — and some victims may never be found. Police say at least 58 people are either confirmed or presumed dead, with the figure likely to rise in coming days. Of those, 10 remain in critical condition.

A catastrophic blaze at a London apartment tower has brought new scrutiny to a long-accepted, counterintuitive rule for people in tall buildings: If the blaze breaks out elsewhere in the structure, don't automatically run for the stairs.

The fire triggered both sorrow and outrage, as residents described the futility of their earlier attempts to have the building's safety issues addressed, particularly its fire escape plan.

"But if you know of individuals or families who you feel aren't getting help, then please let us know so we can get help to them as quickly as possible". "If something needs to be done to make buildings safe it will be done".

Councilor Nicholas Paget-Brown told the BBC this week that sprinklers were not fitted inside the building during the refurbishment "because that would have delayed and made the refurbishment of the block more disruptive". "What else are they deleting?" he asked. Cundy said emergency workers have now reached the top of the tower.

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

Mr Kempthorne said: "We were making as much noise as we could outside to wake people up, but we woke them up to die. In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession of bad tragedies".

The Labour Party is Britain's main opposition party.

Theresa May has ordered more boots on the ground at the Grenfell Tower fire site after labelling the support given to families in the aftermath of the deadly blaze "not good enough". "We do not want another fatality arising out of this tragedy". "And therefore, sadly, I have to assume that they are dead", he said.

Speaking outside a collection point beside Latymer community church, he said: "Nobody [official] is helping".

Posters with the faces of missing people are pinned up on lampposts and walls around the area.

Around the corner, volunteers offered counseling to those traumatized by the disaster and handed out donated food and water to those in need.

The Circle Line has no service due to planned engineering work and the fire.

Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II observed a minute of silence, along with her husband, Prince Philip, before the annual parade marking her official birthday.