79 people presumed dead in London tower block fire

79 people presumed dead in London tower block fire

Cundy said efforts to trace missing people had led him to believe that the number could be higher.

A total of 58 people are presumed dead after the devastating fire in a London tower block, police chief Stuart Cundy told reporters on Saturday.

The Prime Minister also set out to reassure victims about the upcoming judge-led public inquiry into the fire.

Scuffles broke out near the Kensington and Chelsea town hall offices Friday as demonstrators chanting “We want justice!” surged toward the doors. Construction company Rydon made the refurbishment of the block worth Rs 8.7 million pound and was completed in July 2016. On Wednesday, the apartment tower caught fire, the cause of which has not been established yet.

British officials say they are helping the Syrian family of the first officially confirmed victim of the London tower blaze to come to Britain. There are a lot of courageous firefighters and police and ambulance workers.

He said there was a feeling among people they have been treated badly and not understood by the council because some of them are “poor, some may come from deprived backgrounds, some may be asylum seekers and refugees”.

Scotland Yard has said the rescue operation by emergency services on the site will take weeks and the death toll is also expected to rise further, though not all victims may be identified due to the nature of the burns.

On the lack of sprinklers in Grenfell Tower, and other buildings, he said: “My understanding is that the best expert advice is that retrofitting sprinklers may not always be the best technical way of ensuring fire safety in a building”.

The Grenfell Tower housed about 600 people in 120 apartments. The officer said that the “awful reality” of the situation is that it may not be possible to identify all the victims because of how charred the bodies are.

But a report by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Director of Housing just 11 months ago said the tower’s safety credentials were exemplary.

“Mohammed undertook a risky journey to flee war and death in Syria, only to meet it here in the United Kingdom, in his own home”, the Syrian Solidarity Campaign said in a statement.

The tower’s flammable cladding is widely believed to be the main reason for the rapid spread of the blaze.

Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centers.

“We have colleagues in there as we speak, searching for and recovering those who have died”.

Two nearby Underground lines were partially shut down Saturday in the fire area to make sure that debris did not land on the tracks. People lost everything in the fire and were left in only the clothes they were wearing.