London councils review tower-block fire safety following Grenfell Tower tragedy

London councils review tower-block fire safety following Grenfell Tower tragedy”

The council has been working closely with our key housing partners that have blocks of a similar age to Grenfell Towers to seek assurances their fire safety policies and procedures are in place and have been followed. Relatives also told Italian media that the couple had assured their family in Italy in phone calls that they would be rescued, since suffocating smoke made it impossible to go down the stairs. Thirty-seven were still hospitalized on Thursday, with 17 in critical condition.

"We as the police have started an investigation, I mentioned when I was down at the scene this morning that one of our very senior investigating officers is leading that for us", the commander said.

Cundy said identifying victims will be very challenging and police will use worldwide disaster victim protocols which include dental records, fingerprints and DNA.

Her Majesty and the Duke of Cambridge visited the Westway Sports Centre, where people left homeless are being looked after, close to the charred remains of the tower block.

Entire families are missing, and the death toll is certain to rise after flames tore through the 120-unit Grenfell Tower in the early hours of Wednesday when most people were asleep. The death toll is still expected to rise substantially.

Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy responded to speculation that the number of dead could exceed 100, saying: "From a personal perspective, I really hope it isn't".

It would be a "miracle" if anyone else were found alive, Cotton said.

"When I visited the scene, when I spoke to the emergency services, they told me that the way this fire progressed, how it took hold of this building, was rapid, it was ferocious and it was unexpected", May said in a pooled TV interview.

The area has a large immigrant population, but many families have lived in the area for years, passing on their low-rent homes to their children. "What are you going to do about it?"

The first victim of the tragedy was named Thursday by the Syria Solidarity Campaign as Syrian refugee Mohammed Alhajali.

The monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh also have hailed volunteers offering support to dozens of victims from the devastating blaze.

London firefighters have been praised for their heroic acts as they battle the blaze in Grenfell Tower, west London.

The fire is not supposed to spread from one flat to another, it's supposed to be contained. Some residents said no alarm had sounded.

"I want to reassure the residents of Grenfell Tower - all of whom are in our thoughts and prayers - that the Government will make every effort to make sure that they are rehoused in London and as close as possible to home".

During the blaze, firefighters rescued 65 people from the building.

Opponents of May's government demanded to know whether more could have been done to prevent the disaster, if building precautions such as fire doors had been properly implemented and if spending cuts to local authorities had played a part.

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