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30 killed, dozens missing, more feared dead in London tower block fire

18 Juin 2017

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

Gavin Barwell, the guy who was responsible for ignoring the residents' warnings that Grenfell Tower was a fire risk and was made the Prime Minister's chief of staff last week has been ignoring questions and refusing to face the music for his ignorant actions getting more than 30 people killed in a horrific fire.

Police commander Stuart Cundy said all fires inside the building were out, and that inspectors where working in the location where the deadly blaze is believed to have started.

"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. Police have said it could take months to search the building and some victims might never be identified. "We have examined the original location where the fire started, and there is nothing to suggest at this time that the fire was started deliberately", he said.

Questioned as to whether the anger followed Mrs May's initial visit to the west London site during which she did not meet residents, he said: "We didn't talk directly about that".

"It's in the public interest that the residents and survivors of Grenfell Tower are at the heart of this inquiry - and that they are properly supported and represented", she said.

Yesterday, Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Cambridge met volunteers, residents and community representatives while visiting Westway Sports Centre, near the charred remains of the tower block in north Kensington.

Using drones and sniffer dogs, firefighters continued to search the burned-out housing block that looms over the low-income community in west London. Some 600 people were living in the tower's 120 apartments. It sent panic through the streets as residents tried to escape the building, almost every floor of which was charred.

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Before the interview, the Prime Minister met the group of victims, residents, volunteers and community leaders at St Clement's Church close to the scene of the horrific blaze shortly before 5pm. They have also confirmed that 12 of the 24 are in critical care.

Cundy said there may have been other people in the tower who police are not aware of, and that could increase the death toll.

At a press conference on Friday, BuzzFeed News asked Cundy why the process of confirming the numbers of those who have died was taking so long.

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The investigation into the cause of the fire that has now been extinguished will take weeks, he added.

A growing number of frantic families are desperately appealing for news about missing loved ones after the Grenfell Tower fire.

The Sun newspaper on Friday listed 65 people who it said were still missing or feared dead, Reuters reported.

The appeal said: "Mohammed Alhajali undertook a unsafe journey to flee war in Syria, only to meet death here in the United Kingdom, in his own home".

The Times reported that the type of cladding used on the building was banned in USA buildings taller than 40 feet (12.2 metres) because of fire safety fears.