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Outrage grows as dozens feared dead in London blaze

Outrage grows as dozens feared dead in London blaze

So far, 30 people have been confirmed dead as a result of the west London blaze, which destroyed hundreds of homes and belongings.

Engineering experts have speculated that outside insulation panels installed on the 24-story Grenfell Tower may have helped the fire spread rapidly from one floor to the next.

"There is nothing to suggest at this time that the fire was started deliberately", he added.

Asked about the number of dead, he said he hoped the death toll would not reach "triple figures".

Prime Minister Theresa May faced cries of "coward" and "shame on you" as she returned to the site of the devastating fire in west London after being criticised for not meeting victims in the wake of the tragedy.

May chaired a government task force on the disaster at 10 Downing Street on Saturday before meeting a delegation of residents, victims, volunteers and community leaders at her office.

Emergency services are set to spend a third day looking for bodies in the burnt-out Grenfell Tower block in central London.

58 presumed dead in London tower blaze
Around 70 people are missing, according to Britain's Press Association, and identification of the victims is proving very hard . A firefighter who heard children's screams as he battled the Grenfell Tower blaze has described the fire as "like a warzone".

"The reason for that - at one point, in terms of our casualty bureau, there were 400 people who were reported missing from Grenfell Tower".

Queen Elizabeth II said on Saturday that Britain was left sombre by the London tower block inferno.

The cause of the fire was not known at this stage, London Fire Brigade said, but residents said refurbishment work had recently been carried out with cladding on the outside of the structure and work on the gas supply to the flats.

The fire affected all floors of the 24 storey building, from the second floor up, and at its height 40 fire engines and more than 200 firefighters were at the scene.

It has since emerged that the U.S. had banned the type of cladding thought to have been used on Grenfell Tower.

May said the public inquiry into the fire would take place "as soon as possible" and insisted the government had acted on previous warnings about tower block safety by a coroner.

He added in a Parliamentary debate: "It can not be acceptable that in London you have luxury buildings and flats kept as land banking for the future while the homeless and poor look for somewhere to live". "To God we belong and to him we return", Alhajali's family said in a statement released by police.

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He added: "We as the police, we investigate criminal offences - I am not sitting here and saying there are criminal offences that have been committed, that's why you do an investigation, to establish it".

One of those was Gloria Trevisan, a 26-year-old Italian architect who was living in London because her family was having financial difficulties at home in Italy.

Planning documents detailing the recent refurbishment of the block did not refer to a type of fire barrier that safety experts said must be used when high-rise blocks are re-clad.

The fire forced residents to flee through black smoke down the single stairwell, jump out of windows or even drop their children from the 120-apartment building.

British Prime Minister Theresa May visited the scene of the Grenfell Tower fire yesterday, and in what has been a awful week for May, she managed to stumble into another huge row.

In addition, London Mayor Sadiq Khan called for an interim report on the fire to be published this summer. They say their complaints were ignored - and fear it was because the tower was full of poor people in a hugely wealthy neighborhood.

"Now the anger - furious locals demand answers", was the Sun headline, while The Daily Telegraph ran with "Sorrow turns to anger" under a picture of two girls in an emotional embrace.

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