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UK PM rushed away from fire protesters

UK PM rushed away from fire protesters”

London police expect the death toll to rise further but said it could take months to search the burned-out building and identify the victims. Her government, already weakened after losing its parliamentary majority in elections last week, has been slammed for a faltering response.

Earlier, the police launched a criminal inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire incident after it emerged that cladding, used on Grenfell Tower is banned in the United States, and that it would have cost just 5,000 pounds extra for the contractors to apply a fire-resistant version of panelling to the building, according to a report by the Independent.

She declined to speak to anyone outside the meeting where an angry crowd had gathered and police broke up a scuffle among the group as Mrs May's auto drove off.

Dozens of people remain missing after fire rapidly engulfed the 24-story building in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The Prime Minister said she "was absolutely focused on ensuring that we get the support on the ground", after announcing a £5million support fund for those whose lives were left upside down after the disaster.

While 30 people have been confirmed dead, there are fears the death toll could hit hundreds.

The queen, sporting a royal blue ensemble, met with volunteers, local residents and community representatives throughout their visit, as William reportedly called the tragedy "one of the most bad things I have seen".

The protesters barged their way through an automatic door at and sought to gain entry to an upper floor. Police barred their way and scuffles broke out, a Reuters reporter said. We are aware that concerns have been raised historically by residents. Authorities have not yet issued a figure and have said they genuinely don't know how many people might have died.

Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said the lingering threat had also hampered the process of recovering bodies. Some observers asked whether hazards in the Grenfell complex, which had 120 apartments that housed as many as 600 people, were ignored because its residents are mainly poor. Exterior cladding that was added during a recent refurbishment might have played a part, local residents have said.

"At this stage the Met can confirm that, following initial reports from specialist investigators and experts who have examined the flat where the fire started, there is nothing to suggest the fire was started deliberately", Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said.

The five million pounds are to be used to cover emergency supplies, funeral costs and loss of possessions, Efe news reported.

"Someone needs to be held accountable!" people shouted at London Mayor Sadiq Khan when he visited on Thursday to pay his respects. Britain's Press Association says around 70 people are missing. British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn proposed putting some of them up in empty luxury homes owned by wealthy residents of the area - which is a fairly affluent neighborhood.

Anger swelled, meanwhile, as survivors and others pressed for answers on whether inadequate safety systems or substandard construction material could have contributed to a blaze that climbed up the building faster than people could flee.



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