London Fire: Likely Grenfell Tower Death Toll Rises to 79

Grenfell residents in ‘passionate angry’ exchanges with PM at Downing Street

Dundee figureheads address the crowd following the minute's silence for Grenfell Tower victims.

Khan described the fire as a "preventable accident that didn't need to happen", adding that the "tragedy we're seeing is a outcome of the mistakes and neglect from politicians from the council and from the government".

Scotland Yard has said the rescue operation by emergency services on the site will take weeks and the death toll is also expected to rise further, though not all victims may be identified due to the nature of the burns.

Police confirmed on Monday morning that at least 79 people are missing or presumed dead from the catastrophic fire that ripped through Grenfell Tower in west London last Wednesday.

The fire engulfs the Grenfell Tower apartment building.

Families who have lost their homes must be supported, he said, grieving people must be helped and lessons must be learned following the tragedy, including ensuring it is not "so hard" for those who need help to find it.

Releasing a tranche of footage showing the aftermath of the blaze, Mr Cundy said: "Today, police teams continue their support to families, and make enquiries to cross check the number of those missing".

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Emergency service workers bowed their heads in respect to the victims of the catastrophic blaze.

London mayor Sadiq Khan has said that tower blocks in the city built during the 1960s and 1970s could be torn down following the Grenfell Tower fire.

Commander Stuart Cundy said the fire damage verged on "indescribable".

Controversy is also erupting over the Grenfell Tower's exterior cladding, with two British ministers saying the cladding used in a recent renovation may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations. Experts believe the new paneling, which contained insulation, helped spread the flames quickly up the outside of the public housing tower.

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

May later announced that the public inquiry looking into the tragedy will report directly to her, the AP said.

Records have shown that in a renovation a few years ago, the building was re-clad with siding that may have had "a polyethylene core", rather than a more fire-resistant mineral core, as NPR's Frank Langfitt reported.