58 people missing and presumed dead after London tower fire

Cheryl Sanders
June 20, 2017

Sadiq Khan has joined a congregation at a church service near Grenfell Tower. The officer confirmed that an additional 30 people are dead and another 28 are missing who are "presumed to be dead".

A day after protesters chastised her near the scene of the deadly Grenfell Tower disaster, British Prime Minister Theresa May is meeting Saturday with victims and local residents at 10 Downing Street.

But Hammond said it was up to the public inquiry to determine whether the retrofitting of sprinklers to buildings was necessary to improve fire safety.

Separately, there are now hundreds of people gathered at Downing Street to protest Theresa May and her proposed deal with Northern Ireland's DUP.

Earlier on Saturday Prime Minister Theresa May met victims of the blaze at Downing Street, amid criticism she had not seen them in the immediate wake of the tragedy.

May was rushed away from a meeting with residents on Friday under heavy police guard as protesters shouted "Shame on you" and hundreds stormed a local town hall calling for justice. "The people are waking up to the right-wing, mainstream media and May just doesn't get the public mood". Kids and pensioners - practically everyone - using the word "coward".

Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy told a press conference Monday that only five victims have been formally identified so far, and the death toll may change.

Families who have lost their homes must be supported, he said, grieving people must be helped and lessons must be learned following the tragedy, including ensuring it is not "so hard" for those who need help to find it. The Home Office says it will make arrangements for the family of Mohammad Alhajali to "travel to the U.K.in these terribly sad circumstances".

Mr Cundy said the police investigation into the blaze would look at the building and its refurbishment in 2016 and vowed to prosecute people "if there is evidence".

He said: "We investigate criminal matters". Cundy said emergency workers have now reached the top of the building.

"Sadly, for many families, they have lost more than one family member", Cundy said.

She added: "No one is telling us where it is". "No one knows that", the man said in a video filmed near the burnt out building.

The Grenfell Action Group, the tenants' organization, had expressed concerns for years about the testing and maintenance of firefighting equipment and blocked emergency access to the site.

The group left after a meeting that lasted more than two hours but did not speak to reporters gathered outside.

Some residents had warned months ago that the tower represented a risky fire risk. Grief over a high-rise tower blaze that killed dozens of people turned to outrage Friday amid suggestions that materials used in a recent renovation project may have contributed to the disaster.

CTMO, the Kensington and Chelsea Management Organization, has managed the building on behalf of local public authorities who own it.

Three days after fire ripped through the 24-storey block, killing at least 30 people, residents are desperate for answers - and for the bodies of their loved ones, many of which are still inside.

On the same morning Cundy delivered his update on the fire, a moment of silence was observed in honor of those it has affected.

The queen and Philip stood silently before the start of the annual Trooping the Color procession that marks the queen's official birthday.

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