Grenfell Tower: Number of people presumed dead up to 79

Danny Woods
June 20, 2017

Britain has held a moment of silence for the 79 people who are believed to have died in the high-rise fire in West London.

The London's fire chief said it could take "days" to reach the bodies of everyone who died in the blaze.

Late Sunday, the Metropolitan Police released three photos from inside Grenfell Tower, which showed in close detail how the fire charred the 24-story building that once housed up to 600 people in 120 apartments.

At least 79 people have been presumed dead in the massive fire that engulfed a 24-storey tower in London, the Scotland Yard said on Monday, warning that the toll could climb further in one of the worst fire tragedies in the UK.

Prime minister Theresa May's government earlier sought to quell anger over the disaster, pledging to support the victims after protesters jeered her when she visited residents. The British government has announced a 5 million-pound ($6.3 million) emergency fund for the victims.

While Mrs May praised the emergency and health services for their heroism, she said support on the ground for families in the initial hours after the disaster was "not good enough".

Lord Porter, chairman of the Local Government Association, said: "Fire risk assessments and the construction of buildings are being reviewed and double checks are being made to ensure remedial work recommended under previous assessments have been carried out".

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"It is hard to escape a very somber national mood", the queen said in a statement to mark her official birthday - an occasion that typically does not result in any public comments from the monarch. The paneling has been blamed for quickly spreading the flames. Britain's Press Association says around 70 people are missing.

Mr Cundy told reporters the "awful reality" was that it might not be possible to identify all the victims.

He said the group had spoken about their "demands and what we expect". Hundreds have been left homeless by the blaze, putting more pressure on officials in a city plagued by a chronic housing shortage. British officials have ordered a review of other buildings that have had similar renovations.

Meanwhile, dozens of people erupted into Kensington and Chelsea town hall to protest the lack of response following the fire.

As London Fire and Rescue Service continued their search of the building, looking for victims, the outpouring of grief mixed with anger grew.

Many survivors are sleeping on the floor in community centers and there's still no coordinated distribution of donated food and clothing.

Two nearby Underground subway lines were partially shut down Saturday in the fire area to make sure that debris from the tower did not land on the tracks.

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