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British police release footage showing devastation inside London's Grenfell tower

British police release footage showing devastation inside London's Grenfell tower

Police also said that the number of people missing and assumed dead had risen from the previously official toll of 58.

Two British ministers said Sunday that the new exterior cladding used in a renovation on Grenfell Tower may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations.

Two British ministers say the cladding used in a renovation of Grenfell Tower may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations.

Labour MP David Lammy described the treatment of the survivors as an "outrage" and a "scandal".

Cuddy also warned that the death toll was likely to rise further as emergency services continue their investigation into the aftermath of the devastating blaze that consumed a 24-storey high-rise tower in west London in the early of Wednesday morning.

"This is an incredible distressing time for families and they have my commitment that we will do this as quickly as we possibly can", he said.

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Cundy said the "complex" and "exhaustive" inquiry will focus on a range of issues including how the building was constructed, a recent refurbishment of it, how it is managed and maintained and fire safety measures. Hands cautioned that officials don't yet have exact details about the renovation that ended just past year. "When the truth comes out about this tragedy, we may find that there is blood on the hands of a number of organizations".

London police say that 79 people are now believed to have died in last week's high-rise apartment building fire. He says trust in the authorities is "falling through the floor".

Prime Minister Theresa May announced a public inquiry into the disaster as police investigate whether any criminal offenses were committed. But on the streets, there is anger over whether the block's renovation project purposefully did not include safety devices, such as sprinklers, or used banned flammable materials to clad the building and make it more attractive for neighbours in the upmarket Kensington and Chelsea region.

The local authority and the government have been criticised for their response to the emergency by those who have lost their homes because of the fire and by community leaders, and politicians.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said Sunday the government has the power to take over empty apartments and offer them to the hundreds of Grenfell Tower residents left homeless in Wednesday' inferno.

He told ITV: "Occupy it, compulsory purchase it, requisition it - there's a lot of things you can do".

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The incident comes at a time when emotions are high in the United Kingdom , in the wake of a series of deadly terrorist attacks . An imam guarded the van driver who mowed down Muslim worshippers until the police arrived, telling a crowd: "Do not touch him".

Cundy said five people who had been reported as missing in the fire had now been found and were safe and well.

Families affected by the blaze have condemned the relief effort as "absolute chaos" and complained Kensington and Chelsea council had provided little support and information, with volunteering stepping in to plug the gaps.

Media captionGrenfell Tower community applauded firefighters as they drove past to leave the area.

British officials say they are helping the Syrian family of the first officially confirmed victim of the London tower blaze - 23-year-old Mohammad Alhajali - to "travel to the U.K.in these terribly sad circumstances".

His family said in a statement that Alhajali "came to the United Kingdom because he had ambitions and aims for his life and for his family".

"It is a truly very bad reality that there may be some people that we may not be able to identify due to the intensity of the fire", he said before pausing again to recover himself.

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