Published: Sat, June 17, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Protesters storm town hall as anger grows over London fire

With the death toll from a horrific fire at a London building rising to 30 and many residents still unaccounted for, there is palpable anger as people accuse the local authority of neglecting the safety of the poor in favour of policies favouring the interests of the rich. The Guardian newspaper reported Friday that contractors installed a cheaper, less flame-resistant type of paneling in the renovation that ended in May 2016.

Theresa May has also ordered a public inquiry into the disaster.

Cundy said that because the fire was so powerful there was "a risk that sadly we may not be able to identify everybody".

Aluminium composite panels essentially consist of two thin layers of aluminium sandwiched around a lightweight insulating material.

The company that installed the exterior cladding, Harley Facades, issued a statement this week saying the panels are "commonly used" in refurbishing buildings.

"We are here today because you must look at that building with tears streaming down your face", one woman told the group as they neared the foot of the tower.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth meets residents of the Grenfell Tower block near the scene of the fire that destroyed the block, in north Kensington, West London, Britain June 16, 2017.

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He said police had started a criminal investigation but there was nothing to suggest "that the fire had been started deliberately". "At this time, we are not aware of any link between the fire and the exterior cladding to the tower". May on Thursday announced a public inquiry, a probe that investigates issues of major public concern.

Families searching for information about their loved ones have, meanwhile, blanketed the area near the tower with posters searching for answers.

Overnight, 109 families made homeless from the blaze were housed at hotels in west London. Following Adele's emotional appearance at a recent vigil for victims and survivors and Tom Hardy's campaign to raise funds for those affected, Prince William joined Queen Elizabeth II for a somber, touching visit to the Westway Sports Centre on Friday.

Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for houses in the area to be "requisitioned" for the survivors.

He said councils are also working closely with tenants to review and offer fire safety advice.

Vanezis said the best chance to identify victims may be if officials find any remaining bits of teeth or bone, medical devices like a pacemaker or any artificial implants.

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