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May admits London fire response 'not good enough'

18 Junio 2017, 12:29 | Crisanna Felipe

Outrage grows as dozens feared dead in London blaze

Outrage grows as dozens feared dead in London blaze

The first chilling footage has emerged from inside the fire-ravaged Grenfell Tower, showing the calamity faced by firefighters and residents.

Mr Khan wrote added that the images of the 24-storey building being ravaged by fire "should be forever seared into our nation's collective memory".

"Many people have been saying for some time now, their concerns about the housing we're talking about now, but also other tower blocks around London".

(AP Photo/Alastair Grant). Girls have photos of a missing child on their t-shirts near scene of the massive fire in Grenfell Tower, in rear, in London, Thursday, June 15, 2017.

The Queen has met Grenfell Tower victims as rage continued to boil over Theresa May's failure to personally meet them. The public is also demanding answers about how the blaze spread so quickly amid reports that the recently-renovated building's exterior paneling fueled the flames.

Attention has focused on a recent renovation project involving cladding installation as people search for answers on the fire that claimed at least 30 lives.

Scuffles broke out near the Kensington and Chelsea town hall offices as demonstrators chanting "We want justice!" surged toward the doors. During the video, Rania is seen leading people in the smoke-filled corridor into her apartment for shelter to ensure their safety. "I absolutely get why they're angry", Green said.

There is simmering anger in the multi-ethnic Kensington area hit by the blaze, and public fury has been directed at senior government figures, including Prime Minister Theresa May, when they visited the stricken area. "They're just very proud of being such an economical borough and they do it because they think it will please a certain sort of people", she said.

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

Weakened by a botched election gamble last week, May has been criticised for her muted response to the fire and had to be rushed away from a meeting with residents on Friday under heavy police guard as protesters shouted "Shame on you".

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.

Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy was quoted by Sky News as saying that the building is in a "hazardous state" and the number of dead is expected to increase further.

Residents' voices must be heard in the public inquiry and funds will be made available for their legal representation.

The Local Government Association, representing 370 councils in England and Wales, says extra safety checks have been organized across local authorities, including Camden, Newham, Croydon and Redbridge.

Previously, the Metropolitan Police had confirmed 30 people had been killed in the inferno; the announcement Saturday almost doubles that number. One version of the product [has] a polyethylene core, the other version is around a fire-retardant mineral core.

The Guardian also reported that the United Kingdom has no regulations requiring the use of fire-retardant material in cladding used on the outside of tower blocks and schools.

Aluminum composite panels have been used to cover the outside of buildings for more than 40 years. It did not address the exact makeup of the panels.

New York City Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, whose department is among the most practiced in the world at fighting fires in tall buildings, says he believes in the stay-put policy but "what happened in London, in which a fire went from the fourth floor to the 21st floor in what we understand was in 17 minutes, is unprecedented".

A report by forensic architects obtained by i warned previous year of the risks posed by ACM panels with "combustible cores" such as polyurethane if exposed to fire following a series of fires in the Middle East.

Families searching for their loved ones have blanketed the area near the tower with posters in a desperate search for information. Whole families are said to be among the missing.

May met with hospitalized survivors Friday after coming under criticism for failing to meet with angry residents of the building earlier in the week. Those who lost their homes will be rehoused within three weeks, she said. "Sometimes all that's left is ash". "You have to be prepared to receive people's emotions, and not be so frightened about people", he said.

He said that "the government are doing nothing ... and we've had enough of it".



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