Thirty confirmed dead in Grenfell Tower blaze as fury grows among survivors

Andrew Cummings
June 17, 2017

London's Metropolitan Police confirmed Friday that at least 30 people died in this week's fire which swept through a residential tower block in west London.

Mr Cundy revealed an investigation led by a senior detective from Scotland Yard's homicide and major crime command was under way after calls for "corporate manslaughter" arrests to be made.

The 24-story building is home to hundreds of people, and the fire blazed until early in the morning.

The Sun newspaper said 65 people are now feared dead or missing in the fire.

On the figure of 58, he said: "I really hope it won't, but it may increase", while adding that "it might be that some of those are safe and well", and for some reason, had not yet made themselves known to the police.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Cambridge visited the area Friday and met with residents and community representatives, CNN reported.

"There is considerable damage within Grenfell Tower", he said.

National media in London reported extensively Friday that it would have cost just 5,000 pounds (6,400 US dollars) extra for a cladding material with better fire protection qualities.

For resident Soran Karimi, 31, who lives in the block opposite, it was nothing short of "murder" and "people should be prosecuted for this".

One of the victims was Mohammed Alhajali, a 23-year-old Syrian refugee, who came to Britain in 2014 with his brother.

Police have warned some of the victims may never be identified because of the state of the remains.

May has been criticised from within her own Conservative Party over her response and she pledged on Thursday to hold a public inquiry into the fire at the social housing block which was home to about 600 people.

The appeal said: "Mohammed Alhajali undertook a risky journey to flee war in Syria, only to meet death here in the United Kingdom, in his own home".

Housing Minister Alok Sharma said the government "stands ready to provide every assistance - we will support every family that is affected".

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said they still did not know the cause of the fire, where it started or why it spread in such a way.

The aluminium cladding, called Reynobond, is banned for buildings higher than 12m in the U.S., far lower than the 24-storey Grenfell Tower that was consumed by the roaring blaze, according to a salesman for the company that manufactures it.

Pictures showing the charred insides of a flat in the tower block reveal blackened appliances lined up against the wall while charred possessions are scattered across the floor.

May met police and firefighters at the West London site on Thursday, to receive a briefing from the emergency services.

Meanwhile, donations to help those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedyhave surpassed 2 million pounds in just two days.

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