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58 people in London apartment are missing and presumed dead in fire

19 Junio 2017, 11:28 | Crisanna Felipe

Grenfell residents in ‘passionate angry’ exchanges with PM at Downing Street

Grenfell residents in ‘passionate angry’ exchanges with PM at Downing Street

At least 58 people are presumed dead or missing, presumed dead following the fire that ravaged the 24-storey tower block in the early hours of Wednesday.

The protesters chanted: "We want justice", "bring them out" and "shame on you".

Residents living near Grenfell Tower said they remain "devastated" as they questioned how the tragedy could happen in London's richest borough. The venue had been a focal point for efforts to support those affected by the fire which engulfed the apartment tower in a matter of minutes.

Saturday marks Queen Elizabeth II's official birthday - her actual 91st birthday was April 21 - but the reigning monarch said it's hard to be in a celebratory mood in light of recent terror attacks in London and Manchester.

More than £2.8m has been donated in total for the victims' fund and Theresa May has pledged £5m in emergency funds.

Accounts of people trapped inside as the blaze destroyed everything around them, shouting for help, throwing children to safety and trying to escape through windows using makeshift ropes from bed sheets tied together left the nation in shock.

When asked on Thursday about why she did not meet residents or visit a local community centre, May said she wanted to visit the scene of the incident to be briefed by the emergency services.

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

Building owners would then be given 30 days to carry out a fire safety inspection and could also be told to remove and replace the cladding. And obviously that will be a subject that the (public) inquiry will look at. The group a year ago completed a 10 million pound ($12.8 million) renovation that included new outside insulation panels, double-paned windows and a communal heating system. They essentially consist of two thin layers of aluminum sandwiched around a lightweight insulating material. One version of the product [has] a polyethylene core, the other version is around a fire-retardant mineral core.

Since that time, USA localities have developed strict fire safety testing programs and building codes to mitigate fire risks, according to Solomon.

Another Labour politician, David Lammy, has called for corporate manslaughter charges amid claims that flammable material was used to clad the building during a recent renovation.

The testing regime simulates how a fire would spread through various building materials used to make cladding. It did not address the exact makeup of the panels.

The investigation into the cause of the fire that has now been extinguished will take weeks, he added.

The 1974-built concrete tower had recently been fitted with new exterior insulation cladding, which many locals blame for spreading the inferno so quickly.

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.

Overnight, 109 families made homeless from the blaze were housed at hotels in west London. Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centers.

She met injured survivors in hospital yesterday.

It came as a second victim of the disaster was named as 24-year-old artist Khadija Saye.

Cowell hopes some big names will appear on the record, including Adele who was pictured at the site of the fire comforting those who had been affected. "It becomes hard to shelter-in-place when you have no engineered fire protection systems within a building".

Critics have said that it is because of the empty properties that people will be forced outside of the local area. "Sometimes all that's left is ash".

Experts said the intensity of Wednesday's fire at the 24-storey building will make naming victims extremely hard, drawing comparisons to the 2001 World Trade Center terror attacks in NY, where 40% of the victims were never identified.



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