London police have released images taken within Grenfell Tower following its devastating fire, as a police chief said conditions inside verged on the “indescribable”.
He said there may have been people in the tower that police are not aware of, which would add to the death toll.
Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy later clarified that the number of people confirmed dead is 30, but another 28 remain missing and are presumed dead.
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.
She faced cries of “Shame on you!” and “Coward!” on Friday as security staff bundled her into her vehicle following a meeting with locals at a church hall.
A senior United Kingdom government minister said Sunday that he believed the cladding apparently used in a recent refurbishment of the London high-rise devastated by a blaze is banned in Britain for buildings above a certain height.
The tower’s aging concrete facade received the face-lift a year ago as part of a 10 million pound ($13 million) publicly funded refurbishment effort aimed, in part, at making the building more energy efficient.
Speaking to the Observer, she said crews did not follow normal practice, adding: “Had we just followed standard fire brigade procedures, we would not have been able to commit firefighters in and conduct the rescues we did”.
Mr Paget-Brown said the council had established three emergency centres by the first afternoon.
The PM later visited survivors in hospital before inviting a group of residents to Downing Street for talks lasting two and a half hours.
“What I’m hearing from the leading fire safety experts is that it isn’t necessarily necessary to retrofit sprinklers to make a building fire safe”, he said to the incredulous BBC1 host.
Some 600 people were living in the tower’s 120 apartments.
He says it may be necessary for numerous outmoded tower blocks built in the 1970s to be demolished because of safety concerns.
The meeting is unlikely to quell complaints that May has been slow to reach out to fire survivors, despite her announcement of a $6.4 million emergency fund to help the displaced families.
“But, 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“.
Officials are using dental records, fingerprints and DNA samples to try and positively identify victims.
They paid their respects before the start of the annual Trooping the Color procession that marks the observance of the queen’s birthday.
The 23-year-old Alhajali is the only victim of the Grenfell Tower fire to be officially named as the hard process of identifying human remains continues.
Meanwhile, dozens of people erupted into Kensington and Chelsea town hall to protest the lack of response following the fire.
The tragedy has provoked a huge response from nearby communities.
The charred remains of Grenfell Tower.
The queen said in a statement that she was “profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need”. Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centers.
In the fire’s aftermath, the London Underground on Saturday suspended subway service between Edgware Road and Hammersmith on two lines at the request of the London Fire Brigade.