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Protesters storm town hall in London, demand justice after deadly high-rise fire

Protesters storm town hall in London, demand justice after deadly high-rise fire”

"Nothing was done to improve fire-proofing standards, The Telegraph writes, while also citing changes in laws, risky cladding, no government reviews, and even missing sprinklers to try and explain the tragedy".

Members of the media report they are being targeted by angry members of the public.

"At least 30 fatalities have been confirmed; the bodies of 12 people have been recovered and are at a mortuary, which includes one person who has also died at hospital.The other deceased remain inside the building".

Londoners who wish to help in the aftermath of the blaze have also been asked to stop providing clothing donations, after drop off centres became inundated with offerings.

More protesters took to central London before marching on Downing Street calling for the authorities to do more after dozens lost their lives in the inferno.

National media in London reported extensively Friday that it would have cost just 5,000 pounds (6,400 US dollars) extra for a cladding material with better fire protection qualities.

Mohammed, whose apartment is opposite the tower, had friends who lived in Grenfell's upper stories.

Seventeen people are known to have died but that figure is set to rise, with fears the death toll could exceed 60.

The Local Government Association, representing 370 councils in England and Wales, says extra safety checks have been organized across local authorities, including Camden, Newham, Croydon and Redbridge.

Queen Elizabeth II marked her official birthday Saturday by saying Britain remains "resolute in the face of adversity" after the horrendous fire and recent extremist attacks in London and Manchester. We are aware that concerns have been raised historically by residents.

The government has promised a full public inquiry.

Mrs May met a group of victims, residents, volunteers and community leaders at a church close to the scene of the blaze, after earlier visiting survivors in hospital.

He also said the last flames had finally been put out, two days after the fire broke out in the night between Tuesday and Wednesday in the 24-storey tower in a working-class enclave of the wealthy London borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Residents in other blocks with the same exterior cladding as Grenfell Tower were concerned, he wrote. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth Police officers stand in front of the The Grenfell Tower block that was destroyed by fire, in north Kensington, West London, Britain June 16, 2017.

Sajid Javid said there would be immediate action following the early conclusions from an investigative report into the blaze which has left at least 17 people dead.

Mrs May said the public inquiry into the fire will take place "as soon as possible" and insisted the Government had acted on previous warnings about tower block safety by a coroner.

The local Grenfell Action Grouphad claimed, before and during a major 10-million-pound refurbishment of Grenfell Tower a year ago, that the block constituted a fire risk and residents had warned that access to the site for emergency vehicles was "severely restricted".



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