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At least 30 confirmed dead following London tower fire

18 Junio 2017, 11:50 | Gervasio Siguenza

The track is above ground and lies a stone's throw away from Grenfell Tower, where at least 30 people died on Wednesday after a fire engulfed the building.

He says it will take weeks or longer to recover and identify all the dead in the public housing block that was devastated by a fire early Wednesday.

Locals also told Sky News of a gas installation they say left exposed pipes in the tower's stairwell, with a witness saying he saw blue flames shooting out.

On Saturday night, the Government announced new measures to support those who have lost loved ones, along with members of the emergency services. The cause of the Grenfell Tower fire is still unclear, but residents have been claiming since 2009 that the building was unsafe.

Sarmad Ismail, a resident of a nearby building, told Al Jazeera he saw a man in the tower trying to get the attention of those outside.

Asked about the number of dead, he said he hoped the death toll would not reach "triple figures".

May, who has faced criticism of her response to the tragedy in which at least 30 people died, will meet victims, volunteers and community leaders, a Downing Street spokesman said.

Tailored bereavement support for families of the victims, those missing or people affected by the tragedy will also be provided.

"From the moment they would have heard about the fire, waking up that morning seeing the bad scenes on their television sets I think they would have been immediately anxious about their families".

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.

The fire forced residents to flee through black smoke down the single stairwell, jump out of windows or even drop their children from the 120-apartment building.

"It was a death trap, and they knew it", one person shouted as demonstrators surged inside the offices of the Kensington and Chelsea council, responsible for managing the social housing block in a working-class enclave of one of Britain's richest districts.

Police said on Thursday that they had launched a criminal investigation into the fire.

At Grenfell Tower it looks very plausible that contractors took major liberties in installing the cladding as, after all, it's only a council tower block, right?

It issued a statement before the protest to try to address the concerns of residents.

"I've spoken to the guy who had the fire in his fridge, knocked on his neighbour's door telling him to get out of his house and help him".

"Now the anger - furious locals demand answers", was the headline in The Sun, while The Daily Telegraph ran with "Sorrow turns to anger" under a picture of two girls in an emotional embrace. Churches and community centers are providing meals and support, and donations of clothing, toys and household supplies are flooding in. May was jeered after she made a visit to the community Friday.

A lawyer for the family told CNN that Trevisan spoke with her parents before she died, telling them: "I am going to heaven".

Architect and fire safety expert Sam Webb called the fire "a disaster waiting to happen" and "entirely predictable".

One of those was Gloria Trevisan, a 26-year-old Italian architect who was living in London because her family was having financial difficulties at home in Italy. Grief over a high-rise tower blaze that killed dozens of people turned to outrage Friday amid suggestions that materials used in a recent renovation project may have contributed to the disaster.



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