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London tower block inferno: What we know

18 Junio 2017, 12:30 | Crisanna Felipe

Angry protestors marched to Downing Street from the Home Office headquarters, chanting against Prime Minister Theresa May over the deadly Grenfell Tower fire disaster.

She faced cries of "coward" and "shame on you" as she left under heavy police escort, and police broke up a scuffle among the crowd as her vehicle drove off.

Queen Elizabeth received an altogether different welcome when she visited residents, volunteers and emergency services at the Westway Sports Centre, which has become a hub for the relief effort.

"I spoke with people who ran from the fire in only the clothes they were wearing", she said in a statement.

A number of people could later be seen inside the building being confronted by police and security guards in high visibility vests on a stairwell.

Police have confirmed that at least 30 people were killed in the fire, and the death toll might increase.

A £5 million Grenfell Tower Residents' Discretionary Fund will be available to those who had to flee their homes.

London police said an investigation, led by a detective from its homicide and major crime unit, would examine whether criminal offences had been committed although they said there was nothing to suggest the fire was started deliberately.

She went on to say that anger at the disaster was "totally understandable", and that ministers were looking at both "quick wins" and "longer-term policies".

She met injured survivors in hospital yesterday.

Police have warned some of the victims may never be identified due to the state of the remains.

Using drones and sniffer dogs, firefighters continued to search the burned-out housing block that looms over the low-income community in west London.

BBC News reported Friday that about 40 additional people remain missing.

Dozens of people attending an angry protest for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy stormed the town hall in London's richest borough on Friday, accusing the authorities of ignoring their plight.

People must be rehomed "at the earliest possible opportunity and we should aim to do this within three weeks at the latest". Whatever they tell us is necessary to make those people safe.

A resident in a nearby building watches smoke rise from a building on fire in London, Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

"It's sickening [and] saddening, obviously, any time there is a loss of life, but when you are close to the professions that oversee and regulate these types of buildings, it hits you even a little bit harder", said Matt Farrell, an engineering technologist and building inspector with the Ontario Building Officials Association.

Amongst the dead was artist Khadija Saye, whose photography is now being exhibited at the Vienna Biennale.

It has also emerged that calls to fit sprinklers in all old tower blocks were rejected six years ago, after the government dubbed the proposal "not economically viable or practical".

On Friday, British newspapers heightened their criticism of the government, saying there were a series of unanswered issues including as to whether the cladding used on the building helped the blaze spread. A large portion of the tower became engulfed in flames in just minutes, with the newly-installed cladding cited as suspected cause of the rapid spread.



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