Presumed Death Toll Nearly Doubles After London Fire

“The very bad reality is, as I’ve said before, is that due to the intensity of the fire and the devastation within Grenfell Tower that we may not be able to identify everybody that died”, he said.

“I would like to ask anyone who was in Grenfell Tower that night, but for whatever reason has not told us they are safe to please call our Casualty Bureau”, he said. Suspicions have grown that flammable materials were used to clad the building and accelerated the spread of the fire.

The government has promised a public inquiry, and police have opened a criminal investigation.

Her political future – already in doubt after her Conservative Party lost its governing majority in early elections – has been further questioned because of her response to the fire, and observers have even referred to it as her Hurricane Katrina moment.

79 people have been confirmed dead in the fire.

Fire safety experts believe that cladding put on the building’s exterior during a renovation a year ago was less fire retardant, which may have fueled the blaze.

The Metropolitan Police has launched “wide ranging” investigation, looking at the construction of the building, the recent refurbishment, how it was managed and maintained, and fire safety measures.

Mr Cundy said: “I absolutely understand the frustration of why figures haven’t been released earlier”.

Two British ministers say the cladding used in a renovation of Grenfell Tower may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations.

‘This is an incredible distressing time for families and they have my commitment that we will do this as quickly as we possibly can, ‘ he said. “There is a feeling from the community that they have been treated badly”, he said. The inquiry will report back to the prime minister.

John Cowley, managing director of CEP Architectural Facades, which produced rain-screen panels and windows for the building’s cladding sub-contractor Harley Facades Ltd, said: “Reynobond PE is not banned in the UK”.

A man signs a message board placed near Grenfell Tower in London, Saturday, June 17, 2017.

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 past year may have been banned by United Kingdom rules.

Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy announced Saturday that 58 people are missing and presumed dead after the fire at Grenfell Tower in London, England.

British outlets said May struggled to offer support or leadership in the wake of the blaze, accusing her of lacking emotional intelligence and calling herMaybot“.

Facing fierce criticism over its response to London high-rise inferno, the British government has sent its staff to assist local council authorities in rehabilitation of victims of the deadly blaze that claimed at least 58 lives and rendered hundreds homeless.