Hugs Victim of London Fire

There were emotional scenes at the site in north Kensington at 11am as firefighters halted work to join residents for a minute’s silence held to remember those who lost their lives and all others affected by the blaze.

Young artist Khadija Saye was still alive three hours after the fire started but was unable to get out of her apartment to safety, according to MP friend David Lammy.

Mr Cundy said the search-and-recovery operation was ongoing in the burnt-out, 24-storey tower.

The death toll from the Grenfell Tower tragedy rose to 79, police said, as the nation stopped to remember those killed in the fire.

The toll of people dead, or those missing and presumed dead following a devastating blaze in a London tower block has risen to 79, amid the police warning that the figure may change.

He said only five people had been formally identified so far, after officers earlier warned that some may never be identified due to the condition of the remains.

“And it is incredibly hard to describe the devastation in some parts of that building”.

Emergency services have been widely praised for how they handled the fire, but the local community has accused the government of a slow and inadequate response. It was about 1am, she came with her husband.

She tried to keep it on the low but I shouted “Adele!’ and she said ‘no, it’s not me”.

However, May did not support a proposal put forward by Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, to seize unoccupied properties to re-house survivors of the fire, the spokeswoman said. The fire has led to national soul-searching about inequalities and neglect of the poor.

Mr Cundy also promised an “exhaustive” criminal investigation into the fire that would also look at a major refurbishment of the building completed past year. He said 250 investigators were looking at all criminal offences that may have been committed.

Five people who were reported missing after the disaster have been found safe and well, he added.