Railway track near London tower blaze closed at fire brigade's request

Frederick Owens
June 20, 2017

Trade Minister Greg Hands said the government is carrying out an "urgent inspection" of the roughly 2,500 similar tower blocks across Britain to assess their safety.

"No service between Edgware Road and Hammersmith due to the recent fire in the Latimer Road area", said a tweet on the account of the Circle Line.

At least 58 people are "missing and presumed dead" following the fire at Grenfell Tower, police have confirmed.

Prime Minister Theresa May has said the support given to survivors and the families of those who died was "not good enough" and there were "huge frustrations" on the ground as people struggled to find information.

They say their complaints were ignored - and fear it was because the tower was full of poor people in a hugely wealthy neighborhood.

Avigail Cunningham, nine, lights a candle next to tributes at Notting Hill Methodist Church near Grenfell Tower in west London.

Cundy added that it will take weeks or longer to recover and identify all the dead in the housing block that was devastated. Cundy said emergency workers have now reached the top of the building.

Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy announced the new number - up from 58 - in a statement to reporters. He said only five people had been formally identified so far by police.

He said police would consider criminal prosecutions if there is evidence of wrongdoing and that the police investigation would include scrutiny of the renovation project at the tower, which experts believe may have left the building more vulnerable to a catastrophic blaze, reported AP.

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On Saturday, Theresa May met with survivors of the fire in Downing Street, after being criticised for not visiting them in the immediate aftermath of the blaze.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the devastating Grenfell Tower block fire was caused by "years of neglect", describing the tragedy as "a national disaster that requires a national response". British health authorities say that 19 patients are still being treated at four London hospitals.

The Queen, having visited residents of the tower on Friday with her grandson, Prince William, also led a minute's silence at Buckingham Palace on Saturday.

"It will go to establish the answers of what happened in the fire and how it spread; it will look at the building itself; it will look at the refurbishment as well".

More than 3 million pounds ($3.8 million) has been raised for victims of the London high-rise fire that has killed at least 30 people and left dozens homeless.

Anger flared in the Kensington community over the weekend - with many protests taking place across the capital - as some accused the authorities of withholding information and responding inadequately.

Scuffles broke out near the Kensington and Chelsea town hall offices Friday as demonstrators chanting "We want justice!" surged toward the doors.

Residents complained two years ago about the refurbishment of the building being done "using cheap materials" and workmanship that "cut corners", they told The Independent.

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