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Tower Block Fire Survivors Storm London Town Hall

Wilma Wheeler | 18 June, 2017, 01:42

"Sadly at this time, there are 58 people who we have been told were in Grenfell Tower on the night that are missing and therefore sadly I have to assume that they are dead", Commander Stuart Cundy told reporters, insinuating the figure could change.

Cundy said 16 bodies had so far been recovered from the tower and taken to a mortuary.

"They are simply not recognisable because of the fire", Fiona McCormack, from the Metropolitan Police's identification team, said of the victims found inside Grenfell Tower.

A spokesman for Kensington and Chelsea Council said: 'The council is helping those affected and in need of emergency accommodation.

More than 70 people are believed to be unaccounted for since the blaze, which police fear was so devastating that some victims may never be identified.

A criminal investigation has been launched, CNN reported.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince William visited the disaster site after Communities secretary Sajid Javid's visit, who promised re-housing the victims, and a thorough inquiry into the incident after experts and residents had cautioned the tower was a fire hazard.

On Friday she was met with shouts of "coward" and "shame on you" when she emerged from a Kensington church where, under a heavy police presence she had met with victims and community leaders.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May, criticized for not meeting with those injured in the blaze, visited the hospital today, Reuters reported.

Newly-appointed Indian-origin housing minister in the Department for Communities and Local Government, Alok Sharma, said, "Every single family will be rehoused in the local area".

Local residents also say they are angry that their safety concerns had been ignored and that people had been told to stay in their flats in the event of a fire.

"How many children died? What are you going to do about it?"

Authorities say it is unlikely they will find any more survivors. In a blog post from November, the Grenfell Action Group warned that only a "catastrophic event" would "bring an end to the risky living conditions and neglect of health and safety legislation".

Emergency services are set to spend a third day looking for bodies in the burnt-out Grenfell Tower block in central London.

The aluminium cladding, called Reynobond, is banned for buildings higher than 12m in the United States, far lower than the 24-storey Grenfell Tower that was consumed by the roaring blaze, according to a salesman for the company that manufactures it.

The local authority, which owns the tower block where families rent their homes, says it is doing all it can to support the victims and to help the relief operation.

'We are now looking to source interim accommodation for those Grenfell Tower residents and also trying to assist, where possible, elderly and vulnerable residents from surrounding areas who have been unable to return to their homes due to the safety cordon'.

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