Death toll for London fire rises to 79, may change

20 Juin, 2017, 18:24 | Author: Claudine Rigal
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Unconfirmed reports suggest that a fridge may have exploded on the fourth floor of the tower, triggering the fire.

Last week, singer Lily Allen was criticised after she said she believed the real death toll was being covered up.

The rest are missing, presumed dead, Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said yesterday.

When the Queen and her grandson, Prince William made an emotional visit to the site of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire, William made a break away from royal protocol that would have made his late mother proud.

"It is incredibly hard to describe the devastation in some parts of the building", he continued, his voice breaking.

Despite the struggles fire fighters face in their efforts to identify victims of the North Kensington blaze, Mr Cundy insisted that the search operation will go on.

Adele made an appearance at the vigil being held to support victims and survivors of the Grenfell Tower blaze on Wednesday evening.

The silence was also observed at government buildings across the country. "I think the most shocking thing that is starting to sink in for people in the area is how - how have we been left to this?"

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"It's hard to describe my feelings, because I can not imagine, and I would not want to put myself in the position of those families who have lost their loved ones".

May and her ministers have said they will do all they can to help those left homeless after the blaze and make sure other high-rise buildings, usually home to poorer people, are checked and safe.

"This is an incredibly distressing time for families and they have my commitment that we will do this as quickly as we possibly can", he said. While she was right, of course, to speak to firefighters and thank them for their heroism, it is inexcusable that she initially failed to meet to the people directly affected by the tragedy.

Mr Cundy would not be drawn on the specifics of the criminal investigation, including whether anyone had been arrested or raids carried out.

The letter added: "We have put in place a testing process for any samples, which will be at no cost to local authorities and housing associations".

A red t-shirt with the London Fire Brigade's logo had been placed by the memorial wall, with the name of a nearby fire station and the words "We tried, we're sorry" scrawled on it. But on the streets, there is anger over whether the block's renovation project purposefully did not include safety devices, such as sprinklers, or used banned flammable materials to clad the building and make it more attractive for neighbours in the upmarket Kensington and Chelsea region.

"While the exact reasons for the speed of the spread of fire have yet to be determined, we have concluded that there are additional tests that can be undertaken with regard to the cladding".


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