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UK PM misses out on meeting fire survivors”

The death toll in the devastating fire that engulfed the 24-storey residential block in London rose to 17 on Thursday, with Prime Minister Theresa May ordering a full public inquiry "to know what happened" as she came under pressure how the blaze spread so rapidly.

Many people from the lower floors had a chance to escape the Grenfell Tower inferno, including some who were alerted by Muslim residents who were awake for their early-morning suhoor dinner - a meal eaten before fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.

The Grammy-winning musician was at the place of the disaster around midnight, according to an eyewitness.

One of first victims was identified - Mohammed Alhaj Ali, a 23-year-old Syrian refugee studying in London and hoping to return to help his war-torn country.

The fire in the block in west London burned for hours, and authorities fear that the official death toll of 30 is likely to rise, with numerous dead unlikely ever to be identified.

Thursday morning, smoke was still wafting out of the shell of the Grenfell Tower.

During the blaze, firefighters rescued 65 people from the building.

After announcing the updated death toll of 12 on Wednesday afternoon, Cdr Stuart Cundy said that "we believe this number will sadly increase".

At least 30 people have died in the Grenfell Tower fire, police have revealed.

Thirty-seven people are still receiving treatment in hospitals across London, with 17 still in a critical condition. In contrast, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was pictured with those who have lost their homes and neighbours in Tuesday night's fire.

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Fire swept through a high-rise apartment building in west London early Wednesday, killing an unknown number of people with around 50 people being taken to hospital.

On June 14, just after midnight, a fire began on the fourth floor of Grenfell Tower located in north Kensington, a district of west London.

"When I spoke to the emergency services, they told me that the way this fire progressed, how it took hold of this building was rapid, it was ferocious and it was unexpected", May said.

Locals yelled questions at Mayor Sadiq Khan as he walked through the west London neighbourhood. Ms Cotton said that specialist dogs would be brought into search the building.

Cundy said identifying victims will be very challenging and police will use worldwide disaster victim protocols which include dental records, fingerprints and DNA.

An investigation into the cause of the blaze, the worst in the British capital in a generation, was under way.

One focus of the investigation is expected to be the building's rain-screen cladding that was installed for better insulation during the almost 10-million-pound refurbishment work carried out on the building a year ago.

He said it would have "delayed and made the refurbishment of the block more disruptive".

Meanwhile, Merton Council said it was "seeking reassurances from the housing association Clarion Housing Group, and other housing associations that own and manage homes in Merton, that their fire safety measures are robust and comprehensive to ensure the safety of residents".

Community centers have been overwhelmed by the food and clothing donations flooding in for those left homeless and have started turning away new donations.



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