Grenfell Tower: search for the dead delayed amid fear of floors collapsing

Grenfell Tower: search for the dead delayed amid fear of floors collapsing”

Smoke was still wafting out of the shell of the 24-storey Grenfell Tower yesterday, with firefighters facing hazardous conditions as they searched the charred building. A massive fire raced through the 24-story high-rise apartment buildi.

Fire engulfed the social housing block in the early hours of Wednesday, turning it into a flaming torch in minutes.

Questions are growing about how the Grenfell Tower fire spread so quickly, focused on the cladding fitted to external walls as part of an £8.7 million ($11 million, 9.9 million euros) refit completed previous year.

The building was built in 1974 and had recently been renovated, in 2016.

"The bad news, I'm afraid, is lots of people died in the fire".

Much like other members of the public, the Peaky Blinders star is enraged by the fact that serious safety questions were ignored by the relevant authorities.

The singer Adele was among many Londoners who gathered close to the burnt tower late on Wednesday to show sympathy for the victims and survivors.

Sky News reports hundreds of people have joined the protest outside Kensington Town Hall. Speaking within weeks of London's deadliest attack by militants in more than a decade, Cundy said nothing suggested the fire was linked to terrorism. Theo Bertram, who advised both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown when they were prime ministers, said that Tories with their eye on May's job may prefer to avoid that task.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Cambridge visited the area to meet residents and community representatives on Friday.

After meeting victims at St Clement's Church, Notting Hill, Theresa May was met with cries of "coward" and "shame on you" as she left under heavy police escort.

May's office confirmed Friday that the government was pledging £5 million ($6.39 million) of support in the form of housing guarantees and help with access to cash and bank accounts. They want to know why safety recommendations, from similar fires in London, were not implemented, they want to know why the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower was so poorly done.

Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy responded to fears that the number of dead could exceed 100 by saying: "I really hope it isn't".

London Police have launched an investigation to determine whether any crimes contributed to the blaze.

"People who now have literally nothing within a matter of hours due to what appears to be a man-made mistake and a gross act of negligence which demands a full public inquiry".

The focus of criticism centres on the cladding fitted to external walls on the 1970s concrete block as part of a £8.7 million refit ($11 million, 9.9 million euros) completed previous year.

Contact the Casualty Bureau on 0800 0961 233 to report someone missing or have any concerns for people you think may have been involved - do not use 999 or 101. It did not address the exact makeup of the panels.

"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.

It has since emerged that the United States had banned the type of cladding thought to have been used on Grenfell Tower.

The death toll was expected to rise further as crews picked their way through the blackened skeleton of the building, home to around 600 people.

Almost 110 families made homeless from the blaze are being housed at hotels in west London. Churches and community centers are providing meals and support, and donations of clothing, toys and household supplies are flooding in.

"I have no idea how long that will take, so the people who have to be rehoused, that will take some time".

"My heart goes out to those who have lost their lives and their loved ones".

With more junior ministers sent out to take the flak, the PM today met with victims of the fire inside hospital during another apparently private visit. "You get a lot of fragmentation of bodies, charring of bones and sometimes all that's left is ash", said Peter Vanezis, a professor of forensic medical sciences at Queen Mary University in London.

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