Five missing after Grenfell Tower fire found 'safe and well'

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 20, 2017

London police said 79 people are now believed to have died in the fire that swept through a high-rise apartment building last week, making it the deadliest blaze in recent British history.

Britain held a moment of silence for the victims on Monday, with emergency service workers at the site of the fire bowing their heads in respect.

Fire had ripped through the 24-storey residential block in north Kensington in the early hours of June 13, trapping hundreds of people inside.

Controversy is also erupting over the Grenfell Tower's exterior cladding, with two British ministers saying the cladding used in a recent renovation may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations.

The investigations at Grenfell Tower have led police to believe the "number of people missing, but as yet unaccounted for" has risen from 58, the Metropolitan Police said.

Commander Stuart Cundy said he expects the ongoing search and recovery effort to last "many, many weeks", as authorities work to identify the victims.

Over the past few days, another five people who had been reported missing in the fire have been found to be safe and well, Cundy said, saying he's "so grateful" for the news.

Families who have lost their homes must be supported, grieving people must be helped and it must not be "so hard" for those who need help to find it, 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.

He added that teams and families of missing loved ones must prepare for "the awful reality" that some of those who died in the fire may never be identified due to the intensity of the fire.

Speaking on the Andrew Marr show on BBC One this morning, Hammond said that it is his belief that the cladding, which was wrapped around the tower block to approve its appearance, was banned.

Earlier on Saturday Prime Minister Theresa May met victims of the blaze at Downing Street, amid criticism she had not seen them in the immediate wake of the tragedy.

Police man a security cordon as a huge fire engulfs the Grenfell Tower in West London, June 14, 2017. She also said she will receive daily reports from the stricken neighborhood.

"My commitment to families is that as soon as we can, we will locate and recover their loved ones", he said. Aside from the cause of the fire, officials will look into the building's safety measures and how it was maintained.

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