Police release photos showing devastation inside Grenfell Tower

Danny Woods
June 19, 2017

Photos released by London's Metropolitan Police show the destruction caused by last week's deadly inferno.

The 58 who were estimated on Saturday to have died included the 30 who have been confirmed dead.

The job's contractor has said the work met all fire standards.

The Wednesday blaze has so far killed 58 people while many other residents still remain unaccounted for.

Prince William hugged a victim of Wednesday's deadly west London fire (which now has a death toll of 58 people) when he made a visit to a crisis center on Friday. For police, fire and emergency crews inside the tower, "it is incredibly emotional working in there", Cundy said. There is also a real possibility that there may be people in the building that no one knows are missing.

Each household that has lost their home will receive at least £500 in cash and £5,000 paid into an account.

The Prime minister said there had been "huge frustrations" on the ground as people struggled to find information.

While they welcomed the funding, a group of residents who met Mrs May in Downing Street at the weekend said they had not been consulted before the latest announcement, adding that it continued a "tendency to sideline residents' views".

Earlier the group, made up of survivors of the fire, evacuees from nearby buildings, volunteers and community leaders, criticised Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation for its reaction to the disaster.

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We must also prepare people for the awful reality that some people may not be identified due to the intensity of the fire.

"Within the community, trust in the authorities is falling through the floor and a suspicion of a cover-up is rising", said Lammy, who lost a close friend in the fire.

"There is a feeling from the community that they've been treated badly because some of them are poor", Khan said after a visit to a church near the burnt-out social housing block to attend a service which remembered victims of Wednesday's tragedy. "My understanding is that the cladding in question, this flammable cladding which is banned in Europe and the United States, is also banned here".

Prime Minister Theresa May, criticized in the first few days after the blaze for failing to meet with victims, says the public inquiry looking into the tragedy will report directly to her.

Two British officials said Sunday that new exterior cladding used in a renovation of Grenfell Tower may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations.

Meanwhile, a company involved in the renovation of the tower was forced to deny cladding on the building was banned in the United Kingdom after comments made by chancellor Phillip Hammond.

Conditions in the staircase were so cramped that fire crews were told they could stay outside to help or go into the burning building without their full breathing apparatus and just their eye gear.

The gutted tower block after firefighters had successfully fought the blaze.

Mr Cundy warned that the toll of 79 people could change.

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