Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

58 presumed dead in London tower blaze


At least 58 people may have died in the massive fire that engulfed a 24-storey residential tower housing over 100 families in west London, police said today, warning that the number "may increase".

The death toll from the fire has risen to 30 as of Friday but is still expected to grow.

The Metropolitan Police Service, which is leading the ongoing investigation, believes it has identified the origin of the fire, which so far does not appear to have been intentional, Cundy said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May faced mounting criticism on Friday (June 16) for not meeting the survivors of a deadly London tower block blaze, ratcheting up the pressure as she tries to strike a deal to stay in power after a botched election gamble.

Hundreds of people marched from Kensington town hall toward the gutted tower on Friday evening, some brandishing Socialist Worker Party placards emblazoned with slogans including "Defy Tory Rule" and "no justice, no peace".

Told there was a need for the public to hear her say something had gone badly wrong and the government accepted responsibility, Mrs May said: "Something awful has happened".

Mrs May said after the meeting support for families "who needed help or basic information in the initial hours" after the Grenfell Tower disaster "was not good enough".

"Our focus has been on those that we know were in Grenfell Tower. However, there may be other people who were in there on the night that others were not aware were there", he said.

"The bad news, I'm afraid, is lots of people died in the fire. I lost my home on Tuesday [the day of the fire]", a protester said to May, according to a reporter at Buzzfeed.

"We have identified those buildings and now and over the weekend people are going in and inspecting those buildings".

And sorrow is quickly turning to anger over whether the building met fire and safety regulations.

But the Conservative leader still struggled to overcome accusations that she lacked compassion because she had failed to meet with victims on her first visit to the devastated site.

Of the 58, he said the number of confirmed fatalities in Wednesday's inferno remains at 30. "We have cancelled the spiritual retreat so that we can offer bedding to people", said Tabassum Awan, who is volunteering at the mosque.

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