Grenfell Tower fire: 79 now believed to have died

Mr Cundy said the police investigation into the blaze would look at the building and its refurbishment in 2016 and vowed to prosecute people “if there is evidence”.

Fire safety experts believe that cladding used on the building’s exterior may have fuelled the blaze. He fought back tears as he told reporters about the scene inside the 24-storey tower in north Kensington.

“Police teams continue their support to families, and make enquiries to cross check the number of those missing”, Cundy said while releasing a footage showing the aftermath of the fire.

Police have confirmed that the fire has resulted in at least 30 fatalities but according to other reports, the number of deaths could be more than 70.

Angry crowds also stormed a local government office Friday, shouting, “We want justice” and demanding that authorities provide an accounting of the victims, as well as support for the survivors. The long-term consequences need to be addressed now, they said.

The prince’s embrace broke with royal protocol – touching royal members is historically reserved for handshakes – and instead embraced the distressed woman who was reportedly desperate to locate her husband who was trapped an elevator during the time of the fire.

The announcement, by Commander Stuart Cundy, who said the toll was still expected to rise, came as Queen Elizabeth II said the country was filled with sadness.

Police say the harrowing search for remains had paused Friday because of safety concerns at the blackened tower but has resumed.

“As recent awful events in London and Manchester have brought to light, Blue Light workers do an extremely challenging job, encountering hard and traumatic situations”, he said. He expects the operation to last “many, many weeks”.

The deadly blaze has mushroomed into a political crisis, testing the fragile government of Prime Minister Theresa May.

“Equally there may be people who were in there that we believe are missing that did escape but for whatever reason have not let it be known that they’re safe and well, so again I would appeal to them directly”. “I would like to reassure everybody that we will be looking at all criminal offences that might have been committed by any individual or any organisation”, Cundy said. “However, there may be other people who were in there on the night that others were not aware were there”, he said. This relies on dental records, fingerprints and DNA when possible and also features like tattoos or scars.

The 91-year-old monarch said that Britain remains “resolute in the face of adversity” after the horrendous fire and recent extremist attacks in London and Manchester.

Cundy was asked to describe the scene inside the building.