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London Police Raise Death Toll In Tower Fire To 30

17 Juin 2017

Firefighters searching the smoldering ruin in west London have recovered six bodies from the 24-story Grenfell Tower, while 11 others have been located but can not yet be removed from the gutted structure. And as NPR's Frank Langfitt in London, police are hoping that the death toll will not reach the triple digits.

Six victims have been provisionally identified so far, but Cundy told BBC that police "may not be able to identify everybody".

The Mayor of London has called for an interim report into the Grenfell Tower fire to be published this summer and for the public inquiry to examine whether the block was refurbished safely.

Tower residents and many others in the area are still struggling to come to terms with what they have seen and lived through.

Britain's Press Association reported that some 70 people are still missing after the fire, based on a compilation of verified reports.

Thirty-seven people are still receiving treatment in hospitals across London, with 17 still in a critical condition.

Friends and families of victims, including a furious seven-year-old, asked: "How many children died?"

May made a private visit to the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital which is treating eight survivors on Friday afternoon, after being heavily criticized for attending the site but not meeting the Tower block's residents.

The cause of the fire is not known but there has been speculation that a type of aluminium composite panel, with a combustible plastic core, enabled the fire to quickly engulf the building.

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Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II and her grandson Prince William visited a local sports center where Grenfell residents who lost their homes are being temporarily accommodated.

Some people then left the building though others remained inside. Fire-resistant panels cost 24 pounds ($30.65) per square meter, about 2 pounds ($2.56) more than the standard model, the Times said.

May was criticised for avoiding locals when she visited the burnt-out shell of the 24-storey Grenfell Tower on Thursday, but faced cries of "shame on you" and "coward" when she returned the following day.

"Everyone affected by this tragedy needs reassurance that the government is there for them at this bad time - and that is what I am determined to provide", she said in a statement.

The campaign group said Alhajali's brother was rescued by fire crews.

May has announced a public inquiry into the disaster.

She said: "We tried the door but it was too hot".

The interviewer, Emily Maitlis, suggested that there was a need for the public to hear her say something had gone badly wrong and that the government accepted responsibility, but May said: "Something awful has happened". Critics say that cladding could be to blame for turning the fire into a lethal inferno.