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In the early hours of Wednesday, the building turned into a flaming torch in minutes.

London police said an investigation, led by a detective from its homicide and major crime unit, would examine whether criminal offences had been committed although they said there was nothing to suggest the fire was started deliberately.

However, the death toll is expected to increase as chances are bleak that any survivors will be found alive.

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.

On Friday fire crews again used water to damp down the charred building as they began a third day of picking through the tower's charred remains.

"If this happened in Chelsea, it would not have taken this long to control the fire, but this part is poorer".

"It would not be appropriate for us to comment or for others to speculate on any aspect of fire, or its causes, in advance of these inquiries", managing director Ray Bailey said.

Volunteer Joy Ebere, who was handing out free pastries, cakes and fruit, said: "The food is for everyone".

Grenfell Tower is a public housing project owned by the local government council and managed by a nonprofit known as the Kensington and Chelsea Tenants Management Organization.

As the royals were leaving the centre, they were met with cheers but also anguished cries for help from a crowd of about 40 people.

Many residents who spoke to me, from Grenfell and the neighbouring streets anxious about what would happen once public interest subsided.

The government department responsible for building standards says aluminium cladding is relatively new to New Zealand and its use on multi-level buildings is unlikely to be widespread.

But Kostas Tsavdaridis, associate professor of Structural Engineering at the University of Leeds warned: "Some materials used in facades act as significant fire loads".

But the BBC understands that taking over empty homes in the borough, as suggested by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Thursday, is not an option now being considered.

There were questions about why there was no sprinkler system in the Grenfell Tower which could have helped stop the fire spreading, or any central smoke alarm system that would have woken sleeping residents.

"Sadly I can confirm that the number of people who have died is now 17", London police commander Stuart Cundy told reporters. "The big thing that's going for it is slow maintenance because you don't have to repaint it". The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes, part of the National Research Council, updated its regulations as recently as 2015.

Mr Khan has demanded an interim report to be published this summer and for the inquiry to examine whether the block was refurbished safely.

Behind the security cordon at the foot of the tower, a moving show of solidarity has emerged, mixing with resentment of local residents who feel hard done by in what is Britain's richest neighbourhood.

Others gathered seeking news of the missing. Semira Mohammed, 37, a science technician who lives nearby, said she knew a family of five who lived on the 21st floor of the block.

The protesters chanted: "We want justice", "bring them out" and "shame on you". We were from the same community, and many in the tower were.

A hose continues to douse the fire at Grenfell Tower on Thursday.

Demonstrators hold up banners during a march in Westminster, following the fire that destroyed The Grenfell Tower block, in north Kensington, West London, Britain June 16, 2017.

By Thursday morning, there was no sign of life in or around the blackened hulk.

The fire has sparked widespread criticism, rage, and conversation surrounding the unsafe housing conditions in many of London's working class neighborhoods. About 600 people were believed to have been inside the tower's 120 flats, many of them asleep, when the blaze ripped through the building. The party's shadow housing minister said that the government must answer serious questions in the aftermath of Wednesday's inferno.



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