London tower toll rises to 79

Cheryl Sanders
June 20, 2017

The family of five - thought to be Syrian - were caught up in the blaze which tore the 24-storey building in north Kensington last Wednesday.

An older photo from the Grenfell Tower fire site shows firemen examining the gutted building.

Later on Sunday, former United Kingdom chancellor Philip Hammond said the cladding material used on the building was banned on British high-rises.

The Grenfell Tower disaster is now the deadliest fire in mainland Britain since at least the turn of the last century.

Hands and Treasury chief Philip Hammond said in separate TV appearances that the cladding used on Grenfell seems to be prohibited by British regulations.


"I must consider the fact that there may be others in the building who, for whatever reason have not been reported to us".

"As we do everything we can to help them, we will make sure they have the counselling and emotional support they need in the hard days, weeks and years ahead".

Experts believe the exterior cladding, which contained insulation, helped spread the flames quickly along the outside of the tower in the June 14 blaze.

"We will go where the evidence may take us", and do everything possible "to ensure that those responsible will be brought to justice", he said.

"The conditions due to the fire damage verge on indescribable, which is why this will be such a lengthy operation taking weeks to complete", Police Commander Stuart Cundy said.


By the blackened Grenfell Tower, firefighters took off their helmets and stood still to observe the minute's silence, some with their arms around each other's shoulders.

He said displaced residents are “angry not simply at the poor response in the days afterwards from the council and the government, but the years of neglect from the council and successive governments.”.

Cundy said the images and video of the scenes inside the Grenfell Tower would be released on Sunday, adding "We will not do that until we have contacted all the families we are supporting to let them know that's our intention".

British Prime Minister Theresa May had come in for a barrage of criticism over her own response to the disaster.

May has announced a public inquiry into the fire which would be fast-tracked and said on Sunday that every household affected by the blaze would receive a minimum payment of STG5,500 ($A9,214) from a STG5 million emergency fund.


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