Royals visit survivors of high-rise fire as death toll increases

He told BBC radio that the inquiry would have interim reports and “we want the response to be as fast as possible”.

The Met has also promised a “wide ranging” investigation into the blaze which will look at the construction of the building, the recent refurbishment, how it was managed and maintained, and fire safety measures. It was about 1am, she came with her husband.

Scotland Yard has announced the death toll has risen to 79.

Footage from inside the gutted building has been released, showing the extent of the damage. “I was in there myself and went all the way to the top floor and it is incredibly hard”, he said, before pausing as tears welled up in his eyes.

“It is incredibly hard to describe the devastation in some parts of the building.”

See more in the video below. “Whilst I’ve said I think there may be changes, I don’t think those changes will be as significant as the changes we’ve seen over the last few days”, he said.

“It’s hard to describe my feelings, because I can not imagine, and I would not want to put myself in the position of those families who have lost their loved ones”.

Cundy said five people who had been reported as missing in the fire had now been found and were safe and well. Queen Elizabeth also noted that they “would like to pay tribute to the bravery of firefighters and other emergency services officers who put their own lives at risk to save others”.

The GRT, which includes local and regional government from across London, central government, the British Red Cross, Met Police and London Fire Brigade, said in a statement that “we completely accept residents’ wishes to remain close to the community”.

Residents will be given £500 in cash followed by a bank payment for the rest from Monday, with the money coming from the £5 million fund announced by prime minister Theresa May on Friday.

As public anger swelled at the unknown death toll – there are 30 confirmed fatalities so far, with dozens more unaccounted for – Downing Street said May was meeting a 15-strong group of victims, residents and volunteer workers at her office.

He said a team of 250 investigators were working on the case, with a primary aim being to identify victims.

The Downing Street spokeswoman rejected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s call for empty homes near the fire scene to be requisitioned to house families, saying: “We do not support proposals to seize private property”.

“WHY THIS HAPPENED” Grenfell Tower is located in a pocket of social deprivation within the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, one of Britain’s wealthiest areas.