Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Protesters storm local town hall over London fire


"Sadly, at this time there are 58 people who we have been told were in the Grenfell Tower on the night that are missing, and therefore sadly, I have to assume that they are dead", he said.

"When the truth comes out about this tragedy, we may find that there is blood on the hands of a number of organizations", Lammy said.

Sixteen "very ordinary people" sat in Downing Street to bring their concerns to Theresa May in an "unprecedented" meeting and finally felt they were listened to, the Bishop of Kensington, Dr Graham Tomlin said.

Relatives of those missing after a high-rise tower blaze in London are searching frantically for their loved ones, as the police commander in charge of the investigation says he hopes the death toll will not rise to three figures.

London's mayor Sadiq Khan was heckled by an angry crowd demanding answers, and there are fears that tensions could escalate.

Tensions in the local community have grown since Wednesday's deadly blaze at the Grenfell Tower in north Kensington which provided social housing for some 600 people. St. Clemente, one nearby church, has seen such an outpouring that it has asked for future donations to be given to a church a few blocks away.

Before the meeting at the church, she visited those still being treated in hospital on Friday afternoon - after the Queen and Prince William had visited a rest centre helping those affected, and a day after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had been to the scene to speak to both victims and volunteers.

The government has ordered a judge-led inquiry into Wednesday's disaster, which is under pressure to act quickly.

The leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council - the authority that owns the tower block - told the BBC it would not use the type of cladding fitted to Grenfell Tower in other buildings in the borough.

He also said survivors from the tower would be re-housed in the local area.

She met injured survivors in hospital yesterday.

The fire forced residents to flee through black smoke down the single stairwell, jump out of windows or even drop their children to safety.

Yesterday, the first victim of the fire was named as 23- year-old Syrian refugee Mohammed Alhajali. We know that there are still bodies of those who died inside the building and we want to return those people to their families as soon as we possibly can.

Engineering experts have speculated that outside insulation panels, or cladding, installed on the 24-story Grenfell Tower may have helped the fire spread rapidly from one floor to the next.

The residents of Grenfell Tower have continued to express their anger that nothing was done about the fire risks in the building, despite various complaints they submitted with the council and the fire brigade.

The Times reported that the type of cladding used on the building was banned in U.S. buildings taller than 40 feet (12.2 metres) because of fire safety fears. The FR (version) is fire-resistant.

Public anger is mounting as residents and neighbours demand answers for how the blaze early Wednesday spread so quickly and trapped so numerous tower's 600-odd residents.

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