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London fire death toll rises as 58 are missing, presumed dead

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Commander Stuart Cundy of the Metropolitan Police said that 16 bodies had been recovered from the 24-storey building in west London, but stressed that although investigators had reached the top of the tower the hard search could take weeks or longer because of the level of damage to the structure.

"Sadly, at this time there are 58 people who we have been told were in the Grenfell Tower on the night that are missing".

Police Commander Stuart Cundy said the number of 58 is based on reports from the public and may rise. "I really hope it won't, but it may increase", he said.

"We're all desperately sad, we're all angry, but of course none of us as angry as those who were directly affected, " Green said. Police and fire experts have said the fire was so intense that the process of identifying human remains will take weeks, if not months - and some victims may never be found.

He said: "The investigation is a police investigation".

NHS England says the injured are being treated in four London hospitals.

Leading fire safety experts have said it is not always necessary to retro-fit sprinklers to make a building safe, according to Mr Hammond.

British Prime Minister Theresa May sought to quell growing anger over the deadly high-rise London fire by announcing Saturday a financial aid package to help victims with housing, food and clothing.

"Four hundred or so people - still majority have not got somewhere decent or safe or secure to stay", he said.

She said that the government has begun distributing funds from a $6.4 emergency fund created to assist victims of the blaze, and housing officials are conducting safety checks of other public high-rise towers in London.

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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.

Mr Hammond said: "We've looked at those recommendations and what's happened to them".

The tragedy cast a pall on the Trooping the Color festivities that mark the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted that he had attended an "incredibly moving" service at St.

She said earlier that the national mood is somber but that Britain is resolute in the face of adversity.

He added that the public inquiry into the horror blaze at Grenfell Tower would look at how the Government, landlords and local authorities have responded. "Wherever we can, we will bring people to justice if there is evidence".

The government has promised a full public inquiry, but that has done little to ease a sense of frustration at the lack of information about how the fire moved so quickly to engulf the building.

British officials say they are helping the Syrian family of the first officially confirmed victim of the London tower blaze to come to Britain.

The company that installed the cladding, Harley Facades Limited, said in a statement Wednesday that it was "not aware of any link between the fire and the exterior cladding to the tower".

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