79 people feared dead in London high-rise fire

Brunilde Fioravanti
Giugno 20, 2017

Two British ministers have said that exterior cladding used in Grenfell Tower's recent renovation may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations.

"The tragedy at Grenfell Tower has left a number of local people in need of urgent assistance", a spokesman for the three royals at Kensington Palace said. Experts believe the aluminum composite panels, which contain a plastic insulation material, may have helped spread the flames quickly up the outside of the tower.

"I must consider the fact that there may be others in the building who, for whatever reason have not been reported to us".

The cause of Wednesday's blaze is still under investigation, but anger has mounted in the community amid reports that exterior paneling used in an extensive renovation completed previous year may have been banned by United Kingdom rules.

Dozens of people have been reported missing since last Wednesday's early-morning blaze that struck while many who live in the building's 120 apartments were asleep.

On Sunday, London Mayor Sadiq Khan acknowledged growing public anger surrounding the fire, saying it was a result of "mistakes and neglect".

The remains of Grenfell Tower stand in London.

Flowers and missing persons posters were taped to the gates of the church, while bags of donations were piled outside the door.

The recovery operation had been paused amid concerns for the safety of emergency workers in the building, but has now resumed.

Labour Party politician David Lammy demanded the Government and police immediately seize all documents relating to Grenfell's renovation to prevent the destruction of evidence that could show criminal wrongdoing.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May admitted that support for families in the "initial hours" was "not good enough".

Grenfell Tower is located in a pocket of social deprivation within the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, one of Britain's wealthiest areas.

Officials are using dental records, fingerprints and DNA samples to try and positively identify victims.

He said: "The investigation is a police investigation".

A firefighter stands outside of the Grenfell Tower after fire engulfed the 24-storey building, in London. However, there may be other people who were in there on the night that others were not aware were there. At least 58 people are believed to have died in the blaze.

Britain observed a moment of silence at 11 a.m. Monday in remembrance of the victims.

Facing fierce criticism over its response to London high-rise inferno, the British government has sent its staff to assist local council authorities in rehabilitation of victims of the deadly blaze that claimed at least 58 lives and rendered hundreds homeless.

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