Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Building materials in London fire under scrutiny

Building materials in London fire under scrutiny

Commander Stuart Cundy, of the Metropolitan Police, said that number "may increase" and that the "significant" recovery operation is likely to take weeks.

He added: "We know how to do this we did it after the riots".

The tragedy cast a pall on the Trooping the Color festivities that mark the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.

British authorities are launching a criminal investigation into the London apartment building fire - as the death toll from the blaze has almost doubled, to 30. While failing to answer, she said the focus was now on providing support to the victims. The queen said it was "difficult to escape a very somber mood" on what is normally a day of celebration.

"Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity", she said.

He said that number was expected to rise and firefighters, who rescued 65, have said they did not expect to find any more survivors.

Dozens of people were still missing three days after the 24-storey Grenfell Tower was engulfed in flames, and worries over the safety of the apartment block's charred wreck has slowed the search for human remains.

The inferno broke out in the early hours of Wednesday morning, quickly escalating from the lower levels right up to the top of the building on the twenty-fourth floor.

The leader of Britain's main opposition party is calling for the government to take over empty homes for use by residents displaced by the London high-rise fire.

Other measures outlined by Prime Minister Theresa May following a meeting with residents at Downing Street on Saturday, included more staff covering phone lines and ground staff wearing high-visibility clothing so they could be easily found. "She has the same degree of sympathy and horror at these events that we all have".

"We're all desperately sad, we're all angry, but of course none of us as angry as those who were directly affected".

"I have friends in the tower and they are not telling us anything", Salwa Buamani, 25, told AFP. And obviously that will be a subject that the (public) inquiry will look at.

The local authority and the government have been criticised for their response to the emergency by those who have lost their homes because of the fire and by community leaders, and politicians. "Wherever we can, we will bring people to justice if there is evidence". "But we need to make sure that that actually happens". "In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession of awful tragedies". "However, there may be other people who were in there on the night that others were not aware were there", he said. "What we are doing is putting in place the support that will help them", she added.

Reports suggest that a renovation project on Grenfell Tower a year ago intentionally did not include safety devices such as sprinklers and doors created to keep the fire from spreading.

He insisted the Government had acted on safety recommendations after an earlier fire in London in 2009, but it would wait for the public inquiry's findings before making any changes in regulation.

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