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Grenfell Tower fire: Protests as anger grows

18 Junio 2017, 12:00 | Crisanna Felipe

I appreciate that the authorities want to be absolutely certain that any information is correct before it is issued publicly, and the fire brigade, police and coroner are doing a heroic job obtaining this information in extremely hard circumstances. There is also insufficient support for victims on the ground. Not only for the relatives of ours but for every person who's still missing. The number of victims is expected to grow.

Some 19 patients are still being treated in hospital, of whom 10 are in a critical condition, the National Health Service said Saturday.

The government has ordered inspections of similar buildings, and May said it was doing "everything in our power" to ensure people living in an estimated 4,000 other tower blocks across Britain were safe.

Specialist family liaison officers are supporting 36 families. The Telegraph reports that Grenfell Tower resident Natasha Elcock saved her family on the eleventh floor by flooding her flat and waiting for the emergency services to rescue her. Sprinklers in the block might have put out the fire before it took hold.

"There is nothing to suggest at this time that the fire was started deliberately", he added.

The embattled May has been under relentless criticism since visiting and leaving the scene Thursday without talking to any of those who had lost their homes in the blaze. She became queen in 1952, aged 25.

Queen Elizabeth and her grandson Prince William visited a community centre Friday where some survivors are being housed, with volunteers inundated with donations of clothes and food.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan speaks to a woman during a visit to the base of Grenfell Tower.

He faced a hard moment when a seven-year-old asked him: "How many children died? What are you going to do about it?"

Sixteen bodies have been taken to a mortuary, and the first victim formally identified was named as Mohammad Alhajali, a 23-year-old Syrian refugee. They are fully aware of the true scale of this tragedy but can not comprehend why they are not being given more information.

The head of state said a saddened country was showing resolve in the face of adversity and a determination to rebuild wrecked lives.

The Grenfell Action Group (GAG) raised their fears time and again both with the council and with the company which managed the doomed 24-storey tower block, writing an eerily prophetic post a year ago warning that only a "catastrophic event" would expose the "ineptitude and incompetence" of their landlord, the KCTMO.

The UK's Building Research Establishment (BRE) carried out tests with this type of panel, and noted that "the panel, when exposed to the high temperatures of a developed fire, will tend to delaminate between the facing and core material, due to a combination of expansion of the membrane and softening of the bond line". After two minutes in the heat the panel started smoking, then burst into flames. The Kensington and Chelsea Council, which oversees the area where the fire occurred and is Grenfell's landlord, said in a statement its immediate focus was helping victims and their families.

May was rushed away from a meeting with residents on Friday under heavy police guard as protesters shouted "Shame on you" and hundreds stormed a local town hall calling for justice.

Under-pressure council leader Mr Paget-Brown appeared on Newsnight last night to say he would not comment on the possibility of corporate manslaughter or other criminal charges.

Experts estimate they could have been added at a cost of £200,000 during the £10m building works.



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