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Death toll climbs to 30 in London Grenfell Tower fire

Death toll climbs to 30 in London Grenfell Tower fire

The displays of anger increased pressure on Theresa May over her response to the disaster. The British PM was pictured speaking to emergency workers after the fire, but was kept away from general public citing security concerns.

It came as a second victim of the disaster was named as 24-year-old artist Khadija Saye.

Media reports have said about 70 people are expected to have been killed, although police have not confirmed this.

The contractors involved in the renovation have said they believe their work was up to code, and the management organization has said it complied with Britain's strict fire safety rules.

Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom took questions from journalists and the public at the site on Friday, saying the the prime minister "is doing everything she can", and will visit "if it's felt that it would be helpful".

The death toll rose Friday to 30, but dozens more remain missing and authorities say they expect to find more remains in the charred remains of the 24-storey Grenfell Tower, which was home to around 600 people in a working-class enclave of west London's super-wealthy Kensington district.

The protesters barged their way through an automatic door at and sought to gain entry to an upper floor.

The protesters chanted: "We want justice", "bring them out" and "shame on you".

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Melissa North, 25, who owns an art studio near to Notting Hill Methodist Church, was on the street with local residents watching the protest go past.

(AP Photo/Tim Ireland). People demonstrate demanding answers over the Grenfell Tower fire, in London, Friday June 16, 2017.

There are questions about why the block was not fitted with sprinklers or a central smoke alarm, and whether a recent refurbishment, including new external cladding, helped fuel the flames.

The Queen speaks to firefighters who tackled the deadly blaze. Her government is also due to launch hard Brexit talks with the European Union on Monday.

Forensic experts said the fire at Grenfell was so hot it could be compared to a cremation, which is going to make it hard to identify those who lost their lives.

"They have been left with nothing - no bank cards, no money, no means of caring for their children or relatives", the prime minister said in a statement Friday.

"I don't understand why she was told to stay where she was".

Our columnist Polly Toynbee says May's initial refusal to meet survivors of the tragedy showed that her political career was finished as Grenfell became a "tomb" for the austerity of the Cameron-Osborne-May era.

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Families searching for their loved ones have blanketed the area near the tower with posters in a desperate search for information. The Sikh community in London has opened its doors to survivors of the deadly Grenfell Tower fire that has left hundreds homeless.

"She should have been there with the residents. You have to be prepared to receive people's emotions, and not be so frightened about people", former Conservative cabinet minister Michael Portillo told the BBC.

"The local community feels their grief has been made worse by the lack of information about their missing family members and friends", he wrote.

"Obviously, the longer people have to wait, especially finding out what happened to their loved ones, (that) can create anger", said Abdurahman Sayed, Chief Executive Officer of al-Manaar.

However, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who was London mayor until previous year, took to Facebook to attack opposition Labour politicians for "political game playing".

Mr Cundy vowed police "will get to the answer of what has happened and why", adding: "If criminal offences have been committed it is us who will investigate that".

Commander Stuart Cundy said they had been able to remove the remains of only 12 victims from the building.

"We grow more sad and bleak at every second", he said.

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