London highrise fire: 58 missing, presumed dead, police say

Posted June 19, 2017

London police said Saturday that the death toll from the inferno at the Grenfell Tower in west London had risen to 58.

LONDON'S Metropolitan Police confirmed Friday that at least 30 people died in this week's fire which swept through a residential tower block in west London. Police had previously put the death toll at 30.

On the figure of 58, he said: "I really hope it won't, but it may increase", while adding that "it might be that some of those are safe and well", and for some reason, had not yet made themselves known to the police.

The list includes immediate rehousing of all the victims of Grenfell Tower fire within the borough, immediate release of funds to cover costs of welfare and all losses suffered by the victims, and launching an investigation into the recent refurbishment project of the tower.

Some footage from inside the tower may be released tomorrow to show the difficulties fire crews are facing, Cundy said at the press conference.

The government has promised a full public inquiry, but that has done little to a sense of frustration and anger among residents and neighbours who demand answers for how the blaze spread so quickly and trapped so numerous tower's roughly 600 residents.

"The response of the emergency services, NHS and the community has been heroic", she said in a statement.

Protesters are demanding to know why long-standing fire safety concerns raised by a tenants' group about the public housing tower, tucked in the city's ritzy North Kensington neighborhood, had not been addressed.

Earlier, dozens of people stormed the town hall building in the London's Kensington district where the tragedy was being discussed.

A representative of the families who met with May and spoke to reporters briefly after leaving 10th Downing Street said "we will be making this in the community, with the community".

At the Grenfell Tower operations site.

Qatar calls on United Nations to protect Gulf citizens' rights
However, a few days later, the State Department insisted that the harsh economic sanctions are "hindering" the war effort. The June 5 announcement of the anti-Qatar blockade surprised the USA on several levels, officials said.

After hearing residents complaints regarding the lack of support on the ground, she said she has also ordered daily progress reports on housing for those affected.

In a television interview Friday, she sidestepped questions over whether she had misread the public mood.

"I was told that an elderly Irish gentleman was identified with the assistance of his Claddagh ring", Mr Kingston said.

With anger mounting over the government's handling of the blaze, May met residents from the Grenfell Tower and vowed to personally oversee the recovery as protesters gathered to demonstrate in the streets around her residence for a second day.

Earlier on Saturday, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip observed a moment of silence to honor the victims. Police said 19 injured in the fire remain hospitalized, including 10 who were in critical condition.

Cundy added it was hard to say how many people were missing, but he said police did not expect to find any survivors in the search of the tower.

Engineering experts and fire safety specialists believe the building's exterior cladding may have quickly fueled the blaze, overwhelming fire protection devices.

"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", Elizabeth said in a message on her official birthday.

Londoners and others have also donated huge amounts of food, water and clothing, and shelter, to survivors.

He said: "I've spent time with the local community, not just the Christian congregation, but members of all faiths here at the church, grieving, sharing their stories".