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79 now believed to have died in London high-rise fire

19 Junio 2017, 10:03 | Crisanna Felipe

Residents and witnesses said the building sparked'like a match and it is claimed the cheaper cladding contributed to how quickly the fire spread

Residents and witnesses said the building sparked'like a match and it is claimed the cheaper cladding contributed to how quickly the fire spread

The death toll rose to 30 on Friday but authorities warned it would increase further, as fire crews picked their way through the wreckage of the blaze in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

London has a chronic housing shortage even in the best of times, and those left homeless by the fire - already angry over what they see as government inequity and incompetence - fear being forced out of the British capital. Up to 600 people lived in the 120-unit building.

The commander added that there is a possibility some people who remain in the building "have not been reported" as missing.

The type of plastic-filled exterior cladding implicated in the rapid spread of the deadly London tower fire is permitted in Ontario on buildings under seven storeys.

"Frankly, the support on the ground for families who needed help or basic information in the initial hours after this appalling disaster was not good enough", she said.

"Then I called him and he said there was too much smoke".

The government has committed 5 million pounds for clothes, food and emergency supplies for the victims. "We need to find out precisely what cladding was used and how it was attached".

It's a politically delicate time for May, who faced criticism over her visit to the site on Thursday.

Alhajali was a civil engineering student at West London University.

London Police have launched an investigation to determine whether any crimes contributed to the blaze. The inquiry will report back to the Prime Minister.

The building is owned by the local council, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and managed by the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organization, a company that runs almost 10,000 properties, including several large tower blocks and parking lots, on behalf of the borough.

The cause of Wednesday's blaze is still under investigation, but anger has mounted in the community amid reports that exterior paneling used in an extensive renovation completed previous year may have been banned by United Kingdom rules.

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. Some have blamed insulating material that was fitted to the tower's exterior in the refit for the fire's rapid spread.

Many families are still searching for loved ones.

Almost 110 families made homeless from the blaze are being housed at hotels in west London. Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centers.

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip have observed a minute of silence to honour the victims of the London high-rise fire.

Meanwhile, the Home Office said it was making arrangements for the family of one of those who died in the fire to travel from Syria to Britain for his funeral. "Occupy it, compulsory purchase it, requisition it - there's a lot of things you can do", he said. "Sometimes all that's left is ash".

Police said they are using the INTERPOL Disaster Victim Identification Standards to identify the deceased.

Rydon, the lead contractor on the renovation, has said that it complied with all the necessary fire and safety regulations.

"They couldn't get legal representation for that though because of the legal aid changes we've had here - it's very, very hard now to get free or low cost legal support".



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