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Search for London tower victims as fears death toll may rise

Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a full public inquiry into the monstrous London fire that left at least 17 dead. "We owe that to the families, to the people who have lost loved ones, friends, and the homes in which they lived".

It comes after Prime Minister Theresa May ordered a full public inquiry into the disaster to establish what had happened.

Currently, 17 people are known to have died in the blaze, six of whom have been provisionally identified, but the death toll is expected rise significantly. She admitted that it we be an "absolute miracle" if there was still anyone alive in the tower and that it would take "weeks" to complete a proper search with the building still unstable.

London Fire Brigade chief Dany Cotton said firefighters were not able to access all the apartments in the tower because of structural safety concerns.

She did not speak to the media or any one who lived in the tower - which has drawn criticism on social media.

London firefighters, many traumatized by the devastation, worked Thursday to make the building safe so they could continue searching for more victims.

More than £1 million has been raised to help those affected by the fire, with more than 60 tonnes of donations collected by one local mosque.

Built in 1974, an 8.7-million-pound (Bt377-million) refurbishment of the tower was completed past year and included new windows and a heating system.

Dent Coad - the Labour MP newly elected in the historically Conservative area - speculated that the building's recent renovation may have played a role in the spread of the fire. Ms Cotton said that specialist dogs would be brought into search the building.

Harley Facades, which fitted the panels, told the BBC: "At this time, we are not aware of any link between the fire and the exterior cladding to the tower".

Jeremy Corbyn and senior Labour MPs have called for homes left vacant in Kensington and Chelsea by overseas investors to be "requisitioned" in order to rehouse those left homeless due to the Grenfell Tower fire.

He hugged one woman as she told him about a missing 12-year-old girl who had been on the 20th floor of the tower. High-rise buildings are built to keep any fires that start in the unit where they begin-with fire-resistant materials from steel and concrete to resistant coatings and insulation.

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"We need to know what happened, we need to have an explanation of this".

Signs bearing a missing persons' hotline number were tied to a fence.

The fire triggered a fresh wave of mourning in a country already battered by a string of terror attacks.

From across London, people donated food, clothes and blankets.

Volunteers in Glasgow - 550 kilometres (350 miles) away - sent a truck laden with nappies and other supplies.

As fire chiefs, survivors and the public praised the heroism of London's emergency crews, it brought back frightful memories of 9/11, when I witnessed first-hand the fearlessness of another city's firefighters.

"It is also heartening to see the incredible generosity of community volunteers rallying to help those affected by this bad event", she said. It has also emerged that the contractors which refurbished Grenfell Tower past year completed work on high rise blocks in Swiss Cottage. "No fire alarms went off and there were no warning".

"Although theoretically they are fire resistant, in most cases they are high-temperature resistant instead of fire resistant".

A Newham Council spokesperson said they are 'carrying out further assessments at Ferrier Point and other tall blocks to see if any action needs to be taken'.

Opposition politicians accused the government Thursday of failing to act on key recommendations from reports into those fires.

It may be - and I just don't know - it may be that ultimately some victims remain unidentified.

The Department of Communities and Local Government rejected Fitzpatrick's comments that the Conservative government had sat on the review, saying it was "simply not true" and that the work was ongoing.



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