Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Arts&Culture | By Spencer Underwood

London Police Raise Death Toll In Tower Fire To 30

London Police Raise Death Toll In Tower Fire To 30

At least 30 people were killed and dozens hurt when the blaze broke out at Grenfell Tower in west London early in the morning on Wednesday, June 14.

Emergency workers walk on the roof of the fire-gutted Grenfell Tower in London on Friday.

"Whilst I sincerely hope that our work over the coming days means that we able to say that less people are confirmed as having died, I also have to consider the sad reality that this may rise", said Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy. Police had previously put the death toll at 30.

Prime Minister Theresa May has now confirmed she is prepared to order the evacuation of other 1970s tower blocks if they are deemed at risk of fire.

Speaking after attending a local church service in memory of the victims, he said the fire was "a national disaster that requires a national response".

She added: "I have ordered that more staff be deployed across the area, wearing high visibility clothing, so they can easily be found, dispense advice and ensure the right support is provided".

Activists and local residents held demonstrations at the borough's town hall, London's Oxford Street, the United Kingdom home office, the BBC, and the prime minister's official residence at Number 10 Downing Street to vent their frustrations.

Their teams were forced to leave the 24-storey building yesterday afternoon when the fire restarted, delaying further the efforts to reach upper floors - where many victims are thought to have been trapped.

There is simmering anger in the multi-ethnic north Kensington area hit by the blaze, and public fury has been directed at senior government figures, including May, who was jeered Friday after she visited.

British outlets said May struggled to offer support or leadership in the wake of the blaze, accusing her of lacking emotional intelligence and calling her "Maybot".

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"Government is making money available, we're ensuring that we're going to get to the bottom of what's happened, we will ensure that people are rehoused".

More than 70 people are believed to be unaccounted for since the blaze, which police fear was so devastating that some victims may never be identified.

"In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession of bad tragedies", the monarch said, referring to the fire and the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.

Cundy said the police investigation would look into the building's 2016 refurbishment and promised to prosecute "if there is evidence".

The head of state said a saddened country was showing a determination to rebuild lives wrecked by "terrible" tragedy.

He added: "We would like the chief executive of the council to make public commitments on what the council is going to do for the victims of this borough, and for all the other buildings in the borough that could stand the same fate at Grenfell Towers".

A number of friends and family members of those missing following the Grenfell Tower fire told of chaos and frustration as they tried to find information about their loved ones.

He also said: "As the mayor of London I will do my bit to be the advocate, to be the fighter, and to be the champion of these people".

"Grenfell is where they shove all the people who don't have any choice", said a resident as he watched his home burn.

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