London’s mayor Sadiq Khan said on Sunday that the Grenfell Tower fire, in which 58 people are presumed dead, was caused by “mistakes and neglect”, as he acknowledged growing public frustration and anger.
London firefighters fought to hold back tears on Monday as they gathered to observe a minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, which is now known to have killed at least 79 people.
Flames rapidly engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in the early hours of Wednesday.
Police have warned the death toll from the fire could rise further after confirming at least 58 people had died, or are missing and presumed dead.
Commander Cundy said: “The time it is going to take us to undertake the search and recovery operation is going to be significant”.
British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet with survivors of the London high-rise fire at her Downing Street office.
May was rushed away from a meeting with residents on Friday under heavy police guard as protesters shouted “Shame on you” and hundreds stormed a local town hall calling for justice.
“We stand with those who will learn these lessons in honest efforts to advance the aligned goals of life/safety and environmental building performance”, said the statement attributed to Brendan Owens, an engineer and senior vice president at the council.
Mrs May, who met victims at 10 Downing Street on Saturday, has ordered more boots on the ground at the scene after labelling the support given to families in the aftermath of the tragedy “not good enough”.
First Secretary of State Damian Green, May’s deputy, told BBC radio that the inquiry would have interim reports and “we want the response to be as fast as possible”.
Then there was shock as the death toll mounted and officials said it may be weeks, months or even years before the true number is established.
The meeting is unlikely to quell complaints that May has been slow to reach out to victims, despite her announcement of a $6.4 million emergency fund to help the displaced families. “My commitment to families is that as soon as we can, we will locate and recover their loved ones”, he told reporters.
May on Saturday chaired a meeting on the government’s response to the fire.
Khan said people were frustrated by the lack of information about the missing and the dead, as well as a lack of coordination between support services.
Queen Elizabeth and her grandson Prince William visited a community centre Friday where some survivors are being housed, with volunteers inundated with donations of clothes and food.
New cladding on the building has since been named as a potential factor in the quick spread of the fire. I understand the difficulties [politicians] have with this, with passing on regulations to people who have to pay for them.
She said: “Today is a traditional day of celebration”. “The country has witnessed a succession of awful tragedies.”Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity”, Elizabeth said”.
“Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity”, she wrote”.
“Wallowing in the wash of a general election that stripped our prime minister of her authority on the very eve of European Union negotiations, neither common sense nor the evidence suggest she can re-establish public confidence”, Parris wrote in the Times.
The Prime Minister is facing particular scrutiny over the role of her new chief of staff, Gavin Barwell, who served as housing minister until he lost his seat in last week’s snap general election.