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UK police: 58 confirmed or presumed dead after London blaze

18 Juin 2017

At least 30 people have died in the Grenfell Tower fire, and the number is expected to rise, police say.

"Whilst I sincerely hope that our work over the coming days means that we (will be) able to say that less people are confirmed as having died, I also have to consider the sad reality that this may rise", Metropolitan Police Cmdr.

Almost 80 people are being treated in six hospitals, 12 are still in critical care. "There are 37 people receiving treatment, of which 17 are still in critical care".

Rescue personnel have had difficulty reaching the top floors of the charred, 24-story tower. "Some survivors have also complained the government has been painfully slow to find them places to sleep". Clement's Church on Friday - one of several sites near the tower offering clothes, food and toiletries to victims and their loved ones - she was heckled with shouts of "Coward!"

The 91-year-old monarch said it is "difficult to escape a very somber mood" on what is normally a day of celebration.

There is simmering anger in the multi-ethnic Kensington area hit by the blaze, and public fury has been directed at senior government figures, including Prime Minister Theresa May, when they visited the stricken area.

The chaotic scenes came moments after Mrs May announced a £5m fund to support the victims of the disaster. Hundreds have been left homeless, putting more pressure on officials in a city plagued by a chronic housing shortage.

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"No justice, no peace!" the crowd shouted.

The government has promised a full public inquiry, but that has done little to ease a sense of frustration at the lack of information about how the fire moved so quickly to engulf the building.

Fire safety experts believe that cladding used on the building's exterior may have fueled the blaze.

"The response of the emergency services, NHS [National Health Service] and the community has been heroic", May said in a statement released Saturday after the prime minister met with victims and community leaders.

A short walk away, however, are apartments and houses that cost millions of pounds and are home to a wealthy elite that residents of the Grenfell Tower had seen as a world apart.

Two nearby Underground subway lines were partially shut down Saturday in the fire area to make sure that debris from the tower did not land on the tracks. They say their complaints were ignored.