Theresa May orders public inquiry into tragic London tower blaze

Ross Houston
June 16, 2017

"When I went to the scene and spoke to the emergency services, they told me that the way this fire had spread and took hold of the building was rapid, it was ferocious, it was unexpected", she said.

Planning documents detailing the refurbishment did not refer to a type of fire barrier that building safety experts said should be used when high-rise blocks are being re-clad, according to Reuters research.

She responded: "Well, I visited the scene of this bad fire this morning".

"Tragically now we are not expecting to find anyone else alive", Cotton told British media outlet earlier.

During her speech, she said: "I want to reassure the residents of Grenfell Tower - all of whom are in our thoughts and prayers - that the Government will make every effort to make sure that they are rehoused in London and as close as possible to home".

Firefighters said the blaze was unprecedented in its scale and the speed with which it engulfed the tower.

Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said sprinkler systems should be installed in such blocks and called on the government to make a statement in parliament.

Tariq Gotteeh, a resident of the block, said he was one of the first who had noticed the fire.

A brief search of all floors in the tower had been carried out, but the severity of the fire and amount of debris meant a thorough search would be "difficult and painstaking", Commander Cotton said.

Prime Minister Theresa May, who has promised an investigation into the disaster, visited the scene on Thursday to meet members of the emergency services, but left without making any public comment.

"At this moment in time, the fire is still ongoing, so it is not safe to take people out of the tower", she told reporters. "I just said "thank you for being here, it really means a lot so us", he was really emotional".

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

"Within two-and-a-half hours that building melted in front of my eyes I must have seen over 25 people dying in front of my own eyes".

The attitude of the President raised several criticisms from public opinion because in the short time she was on the site she avoided addressing the families of the victims as well as those affected by the incident.

When the woman indicated she was going to drop the infant, "a gentleman ran forward and managed to grab the baby", she added.

Sixty firefighters, eight fire engines, and other specialist resources remained at the scene of the fire June 15 when he provided the update.

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