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79 now believed to have died in London highrise fire

Associated Press reported that public anger is mounting as residents and neighbors demand answers for how the blaze early Wednesday spread so quickly and trapped so numerous tower's 600-odd residents.

Smoke billows from a fire that has engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London.

New footage from inside Grenfell Tower shows the devastation caused by the blaze, as police expect the death toll to continue to rise.

"The terrible reality, as I've said before, is that due to the intensity of the fire and the devastation within Grenfell Tower that we may not be able to identify everybody that died", Cundy told reporters.

London police on Saturday raised to 58 the number of deaths either confirmed or presumed after the inferno that turned the city's Grenfell Tower public housing block into a charred hulk.

Khan said the fire was a "national tragedy with national consequences", adding: "Those who mock health and safety, regulations and red tape need to take a hard look at the consequences of cutting these and ask themselves whether Grenfell Tower is a price worth paying". A lawmaker says it didn't have working sprinklers.

The police chief, who went inside the charred shell of the high-rise tower over the weekend, told reporters: "I've investigated major crime for most of my service and I've seen some awful things but I don't think anything prepared me for what I was going to see when I was in there".

Emergency service workers bowed their heads in respect to the victims of the catastrophic blaze.

The fire ripped through the high-rise early Wednesday.

Another photograph shows two elevators blackened by smoke - with Commander Stuart Cundy warning: "We must prepare people for the bad reality that some people may not be identified due to the intensity of the fire".

"Our investigation will be wide ranging and exhaustive - it will seek to find out if any crimes have been committed and if so make sure that we do all we can to bring any person responsible to justice".

Two British ministers have said that exterior cladding used in Grenfell Tower's recent renovation may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations.

Detectives are focusing on people that they have been told were in the building at the time of the fire but have not been seen since.

He said the government is carrying out an "urgent inspection" of other tower blocks in Britain to assess safety.

Anger has been mounting in recent days as relatives and community members expressed frustration with the lack of information about those still missing and the slow pace of efforts to find temporary housing for the hundreds of now-homeless tower residents.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday said that the response to the disaster had not been "not good enough" as she battled critics who targetted her post-election fragile government over the tragedy. She also said she will receive daily reports from the stricken neighborhood.



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