Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Protesters storm local town hall over London fire


Police now say at least 58 people are presumed dead following a horrific fire Wednesday that destroyed a high-rise apartment building - and the people who lived there are demanding answers.

Commander Stuart Cundy said they had been able to remove the remains of only 12 victims from the building.

Scotland Yard has said the rescue operation by emergency services on the site will take weeks and the death toll is also expected to rise further, though not all victims may be identified due to the nature of the burns.

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.

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Local anger began building Wednesday as the 24-story residential Grenfell Tower block caught fire and was consumed by flames in a matter of minutes. Residents want answers on why the fire spread so quickly, trapping numerous estimated 600 residents.

Protestors gather outside Downing Street.

He said the community in north Kensington, west London, was "frustrated and, yes, angry".

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One of her closest allies, Damian Green, defended May's seemingly aloof response to the tragedy.

Nick Paget-Brown, the Tory leader of Kensington and Chelsea council, said there were officials on the ground "very soon" after the fire broke out to help residents, but he sidestepped questions over whether he feels guilty about what happened.

"The response we got from the council was not satisfactory", he said.

The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, stood silently on the steps of Buckingham Palace before the start of the Trooping the Color ceremony that each year marks the queen's official birthday, which is traditionally celebrated in June when the weather is warm.

"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", the queen said in a statement to mark her official birthday - an occasion that typically does not result in any public comments from the monarch. Before that, Britons had been hit with three terrorist attacks in less than three months, in London and Manchester.

"It is hard to escape a very somber national mood", Elizabeth said in a message. "In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession of bad tragedies".

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

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