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Grenfell Tower: Cab driver woke neighbours to say fridge had exploded

"I'm praying for them", she said. "What are you going to do about it?" a young boy asked as Mr Khan tried to stop tensions rising further.

"Many people have been saying for some time now, their concerns about the housing we're talking about now, but also other tower blocks around London".

Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by grandson Prince William, paid a visit to the Grenfell Tower this morning where the number of missing is estimated to be around 76.

London's Metropolitan Police earlier on Friday confirmed they had launched a criminal investigation into the incident.

Prime Minister Theresa May, who has faced criticism for failing to meet survivors when she visited the scene on Thursday, has ordered a full public inquiry into the disaster in response to mounting anger that the fire might have been preventable.

Firefighters searching the smoldering ruin in west London have recovered six bodies from the 24-story Grenfell Tower, while 11 others have been located but can not yet be removed from the gutted structure.

She met injured survivors in hospital yesterday.

The police stressed in a statement that "there is nothing to suggest the fire was started deliberately".

Mohamad Alhajani, a 23-year-old Syrian refugee, was named as the first victim of the fire, and 24-year-old local artist Khadija Saye has also been named as a victim.

Told there was a need for the public to hear her say something had gone badly wrong and the government accepted responsibility, Mrs May said: "Something awful has happened".

"She wanted an entirely controlled situation in which she didn't use her humanity", former cabinet minister Michael Portillo told the BBC.

More than £1 million has been raised to help those affected by the fire, with more than 60 tonnes of donations collected by one local mosque.

The leading body for town and city councils in England and Wales announced Friday it is to conduct an urgent review of fire safety in high-rise buildings in the wake of the Grenfell Tower blaze. Like many other residents she has spent the days following the fire living in temporary shelters with minimal sleep, printing and distributing posters wherever she can.

Residents said they had been complaining for years about lax standards while aspects of a recent $13 million refurbishment to the building have fallen under suspicion of allowing the fire to spread more rapidly than expected.

He wrote: "I am watching footage of the Grenfell Tower fire in London".

Police were called to the building and formed a barrier to control the situation. "At this time, we are not aware of any link between the fire and the exterior cladding to the tower". Some jumped to their deaths rather than face the flames, and witnesses reported seeing small children thrown from the tower by their families in a desperate bid to save them.



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