Thousands of pounds paid out to Grenfell Tower fire victims

Frederick Owens
June 20, 2017

The British government has vowed to expedite an inquiry into the cause of the fire that broke out in Grenfell Tower in the early hours of Wednesday, 13 June. It is incredibly hard to describe the devastation in some parts of that building.

Firefighter Rob Petty took to Facebook to reveal the "Hello" hitmaker joined him and his fearless colleagues - who battled tough conditions to save over 65 people from the deadly fire, which left 79 presumed dead - at Chelsea Fire Station in west London for a "cup of tea and a cuddle".

He said residents left the meeting feeling "reassured that they were listened to", but added: "Time will tell as to whether it makes a difference".

Many residents of the block are still unaccounted for, and police fear due to the intensity of the fire, some remains may never be identified. Of those fatalities, the police have formally identified five victims.

"We are so humbled by everyone's support", the London Fire Brigade tweeted.

Cundy promised an "exhaustive" criminal investigation into the fire that would also look at the refurbishment.

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London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton told BBC Radio 4's Today programme she could understand the "absolute frustration and misery" of people concerned about loved ones who had not yet been identified, but that it was critical to go through the process properly. These figures reveal the reality of central government and localised housing policy - it is more important that boroughs like Kensington and Chelsea offer rich foreigners investment opportunities than invest in, or support, social and affordable house-building for local people.

It is thought some families have asked to be rehoused outside the area to be near relatives.

This includes all buildings with "aluminium composite" panels and all buildings over 18m high in a bid to stop other towers being a death trap.

Emergency services have been widely praised for their response to the fire, but the local community has accused the government of a slow and inadequate reaction.

"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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