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London fire death toll at 17, 'miracle' if any more survivors

London fire death toll at 17, 'miracle' if any more survivors”

THE death toll from the devastating tower block fire in west London is expected to rise as investigators trawl through the wreckage in the search for other victims. At least 17 people have been confirmed dead and that number is likely to rise, officials say.

Nearly 24 hours after the devastating fire in London's North Kensington left at least 12 people dead, firefighters are still working to dampen the blaze and search for bodies.

London fire commissioner Dany Cotton said it was not safe for fire crews to go all the way out to the edges of the building. Cotton said specialist dogs would also be brought in to help the search.

The focus of criticism centers 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.

Lammy said she was "a handsome young woman with an unbelievable career ahead of her".

Flames spread between the second and 24th floors as emergency services struggled to get the blaze under control.

But the image projected to the world is a long way from the reality of life around Grenfell Tower and the three other 20-plus-floor blocks nearby.

Questions are growing about how the flames spread so quickly, engulfing the tower's 120 apartments in what fire chiefs said was an unprecedented blaze.

Nor do we have any idea how many people were killed in the blaze.

A man reads messages of condolence on a wall near a tower block gutted by a serious fire in north Kensington, West London.

Dozens of people have lost family and friends, and up to 600 are believed to have been left homeless by the blaze, which is thought to have started on the third or fourth floor - caused by an, as yet, unknown source.

Prime Minister Theresa May ordered a full public inquiry into the disaster amid mounting anger that the fire might have been preventable.

The Grenfell Action Group, a local community organization, had warned about fire safety at the building since 2013, noting concerns about the testing and maintenance of firefighting equipment and blocked emergency access to the site.

It has been suggested that the recently-fitted cladding on the outside of Grenfell may have accelerated the fire, a move rapper Akala said was driven by the wealth divide.

More than 1 million pounds was raised via online donations in just over 24 hours to help the displaced residents, the daily said.

London Fire: What were Grenfell Tower residents' concerns?

It is not yet known what scope the inquiry will be, but Mrs May said it will be in addition to the immediate fire report and any potential police investigation.

"I can't help thinking that poor-quality materials and construction standards may have played a part in this ugly and unforgivable event", she told The Guardian newspaper. "I've not heard from them since", his sister Hanan Wahabi told AFP on Wednesday morning.

She added: 'I understand that many residents living in high-rise blocks in Southwark will be concerned, and I wanted to write to you straight away to reassure you that Southwark has carried out a huge programme of works in recent years to improve the safety of our tower blocks'. The local authority, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, thanked donors but said it could not take any further donations.



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