London fire: Tower block blaze aftermath in pictures

Gwen Vasquez
June 16, 2017

Meanwhile, Theresa May - who also visited the site of the fire today, although she did not meet with residents - has ordered a public inquiry into the blaze.

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"Our absolute priority for all of us is identifying and locating those people who are still missing", Cundy said before declining to comment on speculation about the likely final death toll: "It would be wrong for me to get into numbers that I do not believe are accurate".

An investigation into the cause of the blaze, the worst in the British capital in a generation, was underway.

As for the cause of the fire, it was reported that an explosion in a refrigerator could be the cause of the fire that swallowed up the whole tower.

An angry crowd confronted Khan as he visited the high-rise. "To see so many adults and children from all over the area come together at such short notice, and be so generous, was just mind-blowing". "What are you going to do about it?" asked 7-year-old Kai Ramos. As the boy pressed, the Labour politician pledged to get answers. Now that the smoke has cleared, the public could only gape at the huge burned-out hulk in the working class, multi-ethnic neighborhood.

Some tenants have complained about the upkeep of the tower in the past, specifically warning about the fire risk.

The London Fire Brigade dispatched at least 40 fire engines, 20 ambulance crews and more than 200 firefighters in an effort to battle the conflagration at the Grenfell Tower in West London.

Some residents threw a baby and other children out the window to escape the flames.

Queen Elizabeth II praised their bravery and their commissioner noted the trauma they had seen.

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"Tragically now we are not expecting to find anyone else alive", Cotton told Sky News. "Nothing has happened. Why have they not done anything?" "People were absolutely devastated by yesterday's events", Cotton said. Cotton said specialist dogs would also be brought in to help the search.

Firefighters worked persistently through the night to subdue the fire even as flames were still visible, more than 24 hours after the blaze started. They lived on the 22nd floor, and the Lebanese Embassy has listed them as missing.

Among those still missing were a young Italian couple.

"The flames are in the living room".

Her friend, Nicola Green, said: "We're desperately trying to communicate with all the hospitals". Relatives said the couple had assured their family in Italy in phone calls that they would be rescued, since suffocating smoke made it impossible for them to go down the tower's stairs. But the focus has turned to renovations completed a year ago that added decorative touches to the building. Those upgrades apparently included installing insulated exterior cladding, new windows and a new heating system.

Firefighters at the scene admitted that the fire was unprecedented in its scale, given the speed with which it engulfed the tower in Kensington. She was going around talking to people.

The fire has been burning for more than three hours and stretches from the second to the 27th floor of the building. Authorities have said many more victims are expected.

Survivors who lost all their belongings in the blaze spent the night at emergency shelters, as charities and local support groups were flooded with donations of clothes and bedding.

Community centers in London have been overwhelmed by the number of donations flooding in for those left homeless.

The nearby St. Clement's and St. James' church and local Sikh temples also opened their doors to people who were evacuated.

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