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Catholic community offers prayer, supplies for London fire victims

17 Juin 2017

On June 14, just after midnight, a fire began on the fourth floor of Grenfell Tower located in north Kensington, a district of west London.

Cundy said there may have been other people in the tower that police are not aware of, which would add to the final death toll.

The Catholic bishops of Westminster offered their prayers and local parishes opened their doors to offer aid and supplies to those affected by a massive fire at an apartment complex in west London on Wednesday.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan demanded the government publish a list of other tower blocks checked by investigators.

LONDON (AP) - Grief turned to outrage Friday over a deadly high-rise tower fire in London amid reports that materials used in the building's renovation could have fueled the inferno that left dozens dead and missing as it decimated the public housing block.

Smoke was still wafting out of the blackened shell of the Grenfell Tower on Thursday where specialist firefighters and dog search teams faced hazardous conditions as they scoured the wreck, with external cladding still falling from the building.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has been rushed away under heavy police guard as protesters shouted "Shame on you" after she met residents who live near a tower block in London where at least 30 people died in a fire. Hundreds have been left homeless by the blaze, putting more pressure on officials in a city plagued by a chronic housing shortage.

The Grenfell Tower housed about 600 people in 120 apartments.

Official fire service advice for residents to stay in their homes and use towels to block out smoke, while awaiting help, has also come under scrutiny.

Fifty-eight people are missing and presumed dead in the Grenfell Tower disaster, the officer in charge of the investigation has said. Residents who survived the tower blaze lost everything and have no idea where they are going to live or how they will get back on their feet.

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Prime Minister Theresa May had earlier been forced to flee a local recovery centre under heavy police guard as residents rounded on her, shouting: "Coward". "We hope to confirm a record tomorrow which will raise some money for the many people affected by this tragedy".

"Our focus has been on those that we know were in Grenfell Tower".

But the Conservative leader still struggled to overcome accusations that she lacked compassion because she had failed to meet with victims on her first visit to the devastated site. "Wherever we can, we will bring people to justice if there is evidence".

As the fire continued to burn more than 36 hours after the blaze started, police commander Stuart Cundy said he did not expect to find any survivors.

The criminal probe was launched after it emerged that cladding, used on Grenfell Tower is banned in the United States, and that it would have cost just 5,000 pounds extra for the contractors to apply a fire-resistant version of panelling to the building, according to a report by the Independent. 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.

"Kensington and Chelsea are moving out people who grew up in the area and building plush houses for the rich people", he said. Defence minister Tobias Ellwood cited "security concerns" for the PM's refusal to speak to victims at the scene, but today our 91 year old queen and her grandson Prince William have gone to the site anyway.

But a fire resistant form of the panels could have been installed, for only £2 more per metre.

It has been suggested that the recently fitted cladding on the outside of Grenfell may have accelerated the fire, a move rapper Akala said was driven by the wealth divide.

"We do believe that the number will sadly increase", he said. There has been speculation that the refurbishment might have been linked to the fire.