Over 50 Possibly Killed in London Tower Fire, PM May Admits Failings

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 19, 2017

At least 30 people have been confirmed killed and dozens more are feared dead in the London tower block fire, police said on Friday, as firefighters continued searching for bodies amid outrage over the use of cladding blamed for spreading the flames.

Commander of the Metropolitan Police Stuart Cundy said in a statement that a recovery operation, which was briefly suspended for security reasons, had been resumed and family liaison officers were dealing with 52 families.

But that figure could change, he said. British health authorities say that 19 fire survivors are still being treated at London hospitals, and 10 of them remain in critical condition.

"The residents of Grenfell Tower, families who have lost loved ones, and the emergency services who have been working so hard to help them have been through some of the most harrowing and traumatic experiences imaginable", Mrs May said.

Railway tracks run in front of the charred remains of the Grenfell Tower block in Kensington, west London, on June 17, following the June 14 fire at the residential building.

Some of the anger stems from reports that Grenfell Tower had no central sprinkler system and was built with flammable materials that residents told the government needed to be fixed.

Prime Minister Theresa May has said the support given to survivors and the families of those who died was "not good enough" and there were "huge frustrations" on the ground as people struggled to find information. However, the identification of the other victims is proving very hard - which experts attribute to the extreme heat of the fire.

The Prime Minister also set out to reassure victims about the upcoming judge-led public inquiry into the fire. They have have not been seen since the fire.

Ms May, who was criticised a day earlier for not meeting with locals and survivors, visited the area again on Friday to meet with some locals inside a church.

"We were looking for her to say that she is here with the community", Simon McDonald, who grew up in the area, told the Guardian.

The tragedy has provoked a very big response from nearby communities that have donated food and shelter to the victims.

Protesters sit down in Oxford Circus during a rally calling for justice for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire on June 16. More than 3 million pounds ($3.8 million) have been raised for the victims. Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centres.

"Both myself and colleagues from London Fire Brigade have already said it will take weeks".

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