Queen Visits Survivors Of London Tower Block Fire
- Author: Carlos Nash Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 0:06
At least 12 people were thought dead Wednesday afternoon in the 24-story Grenfell Tower fire, although authorities said that number would nearly certainly rise. At least 30 people have been killed, hundreds of others have been left homeless and dozens of others are missing.
Lewisham Homes was prosecuted previous year and ordered to pay out more than £60,000 for breaking fire safety laws after two women died in a deliberately started fire in a Deptford tower block.
Her government is trying to make up ground in reacting to a fire that trapped people in their beds in the early hours of Wednesday, with many unable to escape as the flames raced up the building, cutting off exit routes and forcing some to jump. He says it will take weeks or longer to recover and identify all the dead at the charred building.
A separate protest was held at Westminster, central London, on Friday evening.
Their teams were forced to leave the 24-storey building yesterday afternoon when the fire restarted, delaying further the efforts to reach upper floors - where many victims are thought to have been trapped.
The area surrounding the council-owned tower has been plastered by desperate relatives with pictures of the missing, from grandparents to young children, and large numbers of volunteers were assisting survivors.
The government has ordered a judge-led inquiry into Wednesday's disaster, which is under pressure to act quickly.
Residents in other blocks with the same exterior cladding as Grenfell Tower were concerned, he wrote.
Prime Minister Theresa May's government earlier sought to quell anger over the fire, pledging to support the victims of the blaze after protesters jeered her when she visited local residents. "I've come here today because I wanted to meet residents".
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Locals yelled questions at mayor Sadiq Khan when he walked through the neighborhood on Friday.
The fire in the block in west London burned for hours, and authorities fear that the official death toll of 30 is likely to rise, with numerous dead unlikely ever to be identified.
London police say 58 people who were in Grenfell Tower are still missing and assumed to be dead.
Fire Officer Donal Casey told a court hearing into the evacuation order that because of defects in the external walls, fire could spread through an entire block within minutes.
"Mohammed undertook a unsafe journey to flee war and death in Syria, only to meet it here in the United Kingdom, in his own home", the Syrian Solidarity Campaign said in a statement.
Cundy said there may have been other people in the tower who police are not aware of, and that could increase the death toll. Grief turned to outrage Friday amid reports that materials used in the building's renovation could have fueled the i.
The focus of criticism is on the cladding fitted to external walls of the 1974 tower as part of a £8.7 million ($11 million, 9.9 million euros) refit completed previous year. However, local media reports suggest inadequate fire-proofing in the 120-apartment block could be to blame.
The local Grenfell Action Grouphad claimed, before and during a major 10-million-pound refurbishment of Grenfell Tower previous year, that the block constituted a fire risk and residents had warned that access to the site for emergency vehicles was "severely restricted".
Engineering experts and fire safety specialists believe the building's exterior cladding may have quickly fueled the blaze, overwhelming fire protection devices.
"We can't afford to wait many years for those answers", he said.
Forensic experts said the fire at Grenfell was so hot that could be compared to a cremation - a development that's going to make it hard to identify all the victims.