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

Protesters storm local town hall after deadly London fire

Protesters storm local town hall after deadly London fire

At least 30 people died after a blaze took hold in the early hours of Wednesday and engulfed the tower block in west London which housed some 600 residents in more than 120 apartments.

"I'm positive because I think it was a real chance for local residents, people affected by this tragedy, to voice their concerns directly to the prime minister so that she could hear them".

Speaking to journalists after attending a church service in the shadow of the burned out tower block this morning, Khan said the fire that is believed to have claimed at least 58 lives was a "preventable accident".

The announcement comes after Mrs May was branded a "coward" as she left St Clement's church in Kensington followed by a furious crowd.

Residents say they were ignored and want the government to take responsibility.

"Sadly at this time, there are 58 people who we have been told were in Grenfell Tower on the night that are missing and therefore sadly I have to assume that they are dead", Commander Stuart Cundy told reporters, insinuating the figure could change.

Protesters demanding justice for the victims of the Grenfell Tower inferno have stormed Kensington Town Hall.

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Following the meeting, May released a strongly-worded statement in which she said on-the-ground support for families in the immediate aftermath of the blaze "was not good enough".

One woman outside the town hall told the BBC that the council's response to the emergency had been "chaotic".

Writing in the Observer, Sadiq Khan said it may well be the "defining outcome of this tragedy that the worst mistakes" of that era become a thing of the past.

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

Smoke was still wafting out of the blackened shell of the Grenfell Tower on Thursday where specialist firefighters and dog search teams faced hazardous conditions as they scoured the wreck, with external cladding still falling from the building. But we may well need help from our close neighbours.

The Queen and Prince William visited Grenfell Tower victims today as they met with calls from the crowd of "what about the children?". Currently, 30 people have been confirmed dead, and there are 70 people unaccounted for.

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