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Theresa May orders public inquiry into tower fire

17 Junio 2017, 03:52 | Martinez Canez

Firefighters continued to pick their way through the burnt-out wreckage of the building Friday.

It is unsafe for firefighters to go to all parts of the 24-story tower, so the fire department is working with structural engineers to shore up the building so they can complete a "finger-tip search" of the entire structure, Cotton said.

Families and friends make desperate appeals for people trapped in building.

Her decision came as politicians, community leaders and residents asked a simple question: "How in the 21st century can people perish in their own homes in one of the wealthiest boroughs in Britain?"

Prime Minister Theresa May has faced heavy criticism for failing to meet survivors of the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze during a "private visit" to the scene of the devastation on Thursday afternoon. Her government, already weakened after losing its parliamentary majority in elections last week, has been slammed for a faltering response.

During her visit, she announced a full public inquiry into the cause of the blaze, and promised lessons would be learnt.

"From a personal perspective, I really hope it isn't", Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy said responding to speculation reported in The Telegraph and other media outlets that the number of dead could exceed 100.

He added that 24 people were still in hospital and 12 were receiving critical care.

For now though, people in London are thinking more of those who lost their lives.

Among those still missing are entire families, a six-month-old baby, a young Italian couple, and a five-year-old boy, reports the Guardian.

I know this sounds a bit soft, but don't forget to hug your loved ones.

Syrian refugee Mohammed Alhajali, 23, was also killed in the fire.

Cowell has a house in upmarket Holland Park, around half a mile from Grenfell Tower. We built buildings in the 70s, those 70s buildings - many of them should be demolished.

According to a blog managed by the Grenfell Action Group, a tenants advocacy group representing the interests of renters in the area in which the fire occurred, there had been "numerous warnings in recent years about the very poor fire safety standards at Grenfell Tower", saying that all of the warnings "fell on deaf ears".

Britain's Guardian newspaper is reporting that cladding used on the high-rise structure that burned this week in west London was made of the cheaper, more flammable material of two types offered by the manufacturer.

Concerns have also been raised about fire alarms not going off and the lack of sprinklers.

Megan Hession, of Kensington and Chelsea Council, said: "We had less than 10 who overnighted here".

If the Government believes any other tower blocks could be at risk, the mayor demanded residents be rehoused immediately.

The Catholic bishops of Westminster offered their prayers and local parishes opened their doors to offer aid and supplies to those affected by a massive fire at an apartment complex in west London on Wednesday.



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