Fifty-eight people are confirmed or presumed dead in the fire and authorities fear that death toll will rise.
“But, frankly, the support on the ground for families who needed help or basic information in the initial hours after this appalling disaster was not good enough”.
Britain’s trade minister says the exterior paneling used on the exterior of the London high-rise, in which dozens were killed in a fire, appears to have violated building rules.
The government is struggling to find temporary housing for people who lived in the 24-story tower.
British Prime Minister Theresa May, criticized shortly after the blaze for failing to meet with victims, says the public inquiry looking into the tragedy will report directly to her. “The people are waking up to the right-wing, mainstream media and May just doesn’t get the public mood”. It’s an increase from the previous number of 58. “It might be that some of those are safe and well but for whatever reason have not reached (out) to let us know”.
“Until we do that, we can not look at anything other than staying with the same advice, which has kept people safe in their buildings”.
Toronto Fire officials spoke out after the Grenfell Tower inferno to assure residents that protections in the Ontario Building Code and routine fire safety inspections will prevent a similar incident here.
“Whilst our teams have been from the bottom to the top of the tower, we must now carry out a full forensic and systematic search“.
“When an existing building is undergoing a renovation, upgraded fire safety measures may be required depending on the type of insulation and cladding proposed as part of the renovation”, he said. “As soon as we can, we will locate and recover loved ones”.
Police have been struggling to come up with an authoritative list of who was in the building when the fire started, making it hard to determine how many had died. “All our warnings fell on deaf ears and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable”, the group said after the fire broke out, according to the Associated Press.
Some residents had warned months ago that the tower represented a risky fire risk.
Mr Williams also criticised the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation over the failure to observe manufacturer’s warnings over the use of polyethylene – that it should not be used on buildings more than ten metres high.
The UK will observe a minute’s silence tomorrow, Monday 19 June, in remembrance of those who lost their lives and all those affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower last week. They paid their respects before the start of the annual Trooping the Color procession that marks the observance of the queen’s birthday.
This will ensure those involved in the response to the tragedy are able “to receive targeted support should they need it”, Downing Street said.