UK: London tower may have used banned siding in renovation

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 19, 2017

"Sadly that work leads me to believe that the number of people missing, but as yet unaccounted for has risen from yesterday's figure of 58".

"What I'm hearing from the leading fire safety experts is that it isn't necessarily necessary to retrofit sprinklers to make a building fire safe", he said to the incredulous BBC1 host. The latest death toll will be updated on Monday.

His remarks came as Nick Paget-Brown, the Tory leader of Kensington and Chelsea council, insisted officials were on the ground "very soon" after the fire broke out following criticism from Prime Minister Theresa May, who said the support given to residents was "not good enough".

Community groups have said warnings about poor fire safety have been ignored, and in the aftermath of the disaster, officials have failed to take care of those affected, they said.

May also said phone lines would be better staffed and more staff would be deployed in the area.

British officials say they are helping the Syrian family of the first officially confirmed victim of the London tower blaze - 23-year-old Mohammad Alhajali - to "travel to the U.K.in these terribly sad circumstances". However, the identification of the other victims is proving very hard - which experts attribute to the extreme heat of the fire.

"Grenfell is where they shove all the people who don't have any choice", said a resident as he watched his home burn. The inquiry will report back to the prime minister.

The queen said in a statement that she was "profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need".

Anger is rising against British authorities over safety failings and a widely perceived slow release of information.

Around 70 people are missing, according to Britain's Press Association, and identification of the victims is proving very hard. Some said they had never seen a building fire advance so quickly.

Many in the United Kingdom are upset with Prime Minister Theresa May for her response - or lack thereof - to the Grenfell Tower fire.

The 1974-built concrete tower had recently been fitted with new exterior insulation cladding, which many locals blame for spreading the inferno so quickly.

The devastating fire erupted in the early hours of June 14 trapping several sleeping residents at the 24-storey Grenfell tower.

The tragedy has provoked a huge response from nearby communities.

Three appeals on the JustGiving site have helped to raise the 3 million pounds, and London's Evening Standard newspaper has launched a separate appeal that has raised at least 1.5 million pounds ($1.9 million) by Saturday morning. At least 30 people have been killed, hundreds of others have been left homeless and dozens of others are missing.

Anger flared in the Kensington community over the weekend - with many protests taking place across the capital - as some accused the authorities of withholding information and responding inadequately.

Some 110 families are reported to have been given temporary accommodation by in hotels within the local area.

Police have been struggling to come up with an authoritative list of who was in the building when the fire started, making it hard to determine how many had died.

"It may well be the defining outcome of this tragedy that the worst mistakes of the 1960s and 1970s are systematically torn down", he said.

“The prime minister needs to act immediately to ensure that all evidence is protected so that everyone culpable for what happened at Grenfell Tower is held to account and feels the full force of the law, ” Lammy said, suggesting that contractors might be destroying evidence before it is sought by police.

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