November 19 2017

Anger erupts in London over report on tower's cladding

November 19 2017, 12:53 | Irvin Gilbert

Anger erupts in London over report on tower's cladding

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The death toll in the high-rise tower blaze in Britain's capital soared to 30, police said Friday as they also warned that some of the victims may never be identified.

Specialist Urban Search and Rescue crews are working to make the block safe so that firefighters can continue to search the building.

"When the fire reached his flat on the 14th floor, Mohammed bid his friend goodbye, saying that the fire had reached him".

He said: "There were a number of recommendations, all recommendations were actioned and my predecessor responded to that report publicly about how they would be actioned and they've been actioned".

May met with hospitalized survivors Friday after coming under criticism for failing to meet with angry residents of the building earlier in the week.

He said: "What's going to be very important here is what do the fire investigators tell us from their preliminary work and obviously that work has already begun".

A political row erupted, after May made a private visit to the scene, where she spoke to London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton and members of the emergency services, BBC reported. Police say 24 injured people remain at the hospital.

"We are in the richest borough in the United Kingdom and in this very borough we have a building where some of the poorest live and the safety measures are totally inadequate", said Mustafa Al Mansur, one of the organisers of the demonstration.

"Sadly we do not expect there to be any survivors", Cundy said.

Engineering experts have speculated that outside insulation panels installed on the 24-story Grenfell Tower may have helped the fire spread rapidly from one floor to the next.

After her visit, Mrs May said: "Everyone affected by this tragedy needs reassurance that the Government is there for them at this awful time - and that is what I am determined to provide". Residents and victims have expressed outrage at May during her site visit.

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The police said six victims had been provisionally identified, adding that they were still unable to estimate the number of people missing. "We have cancelled the spiritual retreat so that we can offer bedding to people", said Tabassum Awan, who is volunteering at the mosque.

The investigation team will be drawn together from detectives from across the Metropolitan Police, led by Detective Chief Inspector Matt Bonner of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, and will establish if a crime was committed before confirming what caused the tragedy.

The Queen's visit comes amid an atmosphere of acrimony and confusion.

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