Presumed death toll in London tower blaze rises to 79

Posted June 20, 2017

That includes looking into material used to insulate the building. Hands cautioned that officials don't yet have exact details about the renovation that ended just previous year.

The rescue dogs along with London Fire Brigade's canine units were sent into the building on Friday along with the MET's urban search and rescue dogs.

The mayor and his wife Saadiya joined the congregation Sunday at St.

Authorities have also faced questions about why the block, built in the 1970s and home to 125 families, was never fitted with a sprinkler system that might have saved lives.

The Prime Minister also said there had been "huge frustrations" on the ground as people struggled to find information. He said there are roughly 2,500 similar apartment towers throughout Britain.

Of his experience at the church, he said: "I've spent time with the local community, not just the Christian congregation, but members of all faiths here at the church, grieving, sharing their stories".

Police opened a criminal investigation. Attention has focused on materials used during the renovation process completed previous year.

"Normally an inquest will only take place at the end of the criminal investigation, so the idea of an inquiry is important because that can, in some circumstances, happen much more quickly and I think speed is of the essence here".

"I believe there may be people who were in Grenfell Tower that people may not know were missing and may not have realized they were in there on the night".

He told ITV: "Occupy it, compulsory purchase it, requisition it - there's a lot of things you can do".

The Wednesday blaze has so far killed 58 people while many other residents still remain unaccounted for.

"I have heard the concerns and I have ordered immediate action across the board to help victims' relatives and the survivors", she said.

British officials say they are helping the Syrian family of the first officially confirmed victim of the London tower blaze - 23-year-old Mohammad Alhajali - to "travel to the U.K.in these terribly sad circumstances".

Government staff have been drafted to manage the response to the devastating Grenfell Tower fire after criticism of the Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council.

On the same morning Cundy delivered his update on the fire, a moment of silence was observed in honor of those it has affected.

British authorities said Monday that 79 people were now confirmed dead or missing after the June 14 London high-rise fire that has infuriated the British public and placed pressure on the government of Prime Minister Theresa May.