UK royals honor London fire victims as anger mounts

Frederick Owens
June 17, 2017

The tower was home to about 600 people, including at least three Thai families, according to Thai officials and other Thais in London.

But on the streets around the charred carcass of the tower on Thursday there was palpable anger as people accused the local authority of neglecting the safety and wellbeing of the poor in favour of policies favouring the interests of the rich.

While the death toll is expected to rise from the slow search of the residence, there are also 37 people still receiving care in hospital, including 17 that are in critical condition.

People watch from a balcony as people walk during a demonstration following the fire at Grenfell Towers that engulfed the 24-storey building on Wednesday morning, in London, Friday June 16, 2017.

Meanwhile, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said pledged there would be a "proper investigation", and that "action will be taken".

More grief and anger in London over a massive apartment fire.

"They are simply not recognisable because of the fire", Fiona McCormack, from the Metropolitan Police's identification team, said of the victims found inside Grenfell Tower.

An angry crowd confronted Khan as he visited the high-rise.

"How many children died?"

"The government is making money available, we are ensuring we are going to get to the bottom of what has happened, we will ensure that people are re-housed".

YouGov asked 5,321 United Kingdom adults on June 16, 2017: "Jeremy Corbyn has called for luxury properties in Kensington that are owned but left empty to be requisitioned and provided as accommodation for Grenfell Tower residents who have been made homeless by the fire".

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On Friday, British newspapers heightened their criticism of the government, saying there were a series of unanswered issues including as to whether the cladding used on the building helped the blaze spread.

As the fire continued to burn more than 36 hours after the blaze started, police commander Stuart Cundy said he did not expect to find any survivors.

"There is desperate stress and sadness", he told reporters.

Fire safety engineers were stunned at the pace in which flames tore through the 120-apartment Grenfell Tower early Wednesday when most people were asleep.

Firefighters trying to race into the building were protected from falling debris by police officers, who placed riot shields over their heads. One officer was in tears after seeing someone plunge out a window, Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton told Sky News. I thought, "We might not make it out this one". "People were absolutely devastated by yesterday's events", Cotton said.

People light candles as they observe a vigil outside Notting hill Methodist Church following the blaze at Grenfell Tower, a residential tower block in west London on June 15.

"There is a risk we may not be able to identify everybody".

The fire is believed to have killed dozens.

One of the first victims was named as 23-year-old Syrian refugee Mohammed Alhajali.

"Just bring us boxes, we don't want anything else - just cardboard boxes", one organizer shouted to the volunteers and members of the public. Gottardi told his father in separate calls that suffocating smoke in the stairs kept them inside their apartment and awaiting rescue.

The fire forced residents to flee through black smoke down the single stairwell, jump out of windows or even drop their children from the building. "At this time, we are not aware of any link between the fire and the exterior cladding to the tower". "People started actually kicking on me and started kicking on my head and on my camera", the producer said.

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