Britain’s May Meets with Victims of Deadly High-rise Blaze

Britain’s May Meets with Victims of Deadly High-rise Blaze

Frank adds that anger is rising in London about the deaths – for example, a leading tabloid was emblazoned with the headline “Arrest the Killers” while Labour MP David Lammy has said the incident amounts to “corporate manslaughter“.

Some 70 residents remain unaccounted for.

Up to 600 people are believed to have lived in the 24-story tower.

On Saturday, police confirmed 58 people were missing, presumed dead, following the blaze after police revealed some of the victims “may never be identified”.

Police have said the recovery process could take weeks, and warned some of the bodies may be too burned to be identified. Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said Thursday of the toll, “I’d like to hope that it isn’t going to be triple figures”.

Commander Stuart Cundy of the Metropolitan Police told a press conference the number may change but those believed to have died when the London tower block went up in flames is now in double figures.

In his latest update on the recovery operation, Mr Cundy said a search of the burnt out building in north Kensington had resumed after a brief pause because of fears about the safety of the structure.

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”.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s government earlier sought to quell anger over the fire, pledging to support the victims of the blaze after protesters jeered her when she visited local residents.

“The fire at Grenfell Tower was an unimaginable tragedy for the community, and for our country”, she concluded.

The identification of the victims is proving very hard – which experts attribute to the extreme heat of the fire. Cundy stopped short of suggesting what crimes exactly they were looking into, but he did assert that there was “nothing to suggest the fire was started deliberately“. “She just needed to say a few words of comfort”. “The PM has sent her best wishes to HM Queen on the event of her birthday”.

But when she was asked in an interview on Newsnight on Friday night about whether she had misread the public mood, she sidestepped the question.

Tensions were high two days after the overnight fire gutted the huge housing block, killing at least 30 people and leaving dozens missing and hundreds homeless.

Angry protesters chanting “We want justice” stormed their way into the Kensington and Chelsea town hall on Friday. British officials have ordered a review of other buildings that have had similar renovations.

The tragedy has provoked a very big response from nearby communities that have donated food and shelter to the victim. More than 3 million pounds ($3.8 million) have been raised for the victims. Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centers. There is ample food and water but very little privacy or proper bedding, and with the tower destroyed, no one knows where they will be relocated or for how long.

Mrs May said the public inquiry into the fire will take place “as soon as possible” and insisted the Government had acted on previous warnings about tower block safety by a coroner. Mansur said people were not satisfied with the answers they were being given.