Official London Grenfell fire toll at 79, say police
Jun 20 2017 by Desiree Burns
On Wednesday, the apartment tower caught fire, the cause of which has not been established yet.
Demonstrators hold up banners during a march in North Kensington on Friday, the same day The Guardian reported that contractors installed a cheaper, less flame-resistant type of panelling than what was available during a renovation that ended in May 2016.
Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said the death toll may still change, but not as significantly as it has in recent days, adding: "The very bad reality is that we may not be able to identify all those that died" inside what is now a blackened and charred shell.
Although police did not speculate on the eventual number of fatalities, local community sources say at least 70 from Grenfell Tower are still missing, including entire families.
As London Fire and Rescue Service continued their search of the building, looking for victims, the outpouring of grief mixed with anger grew.
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".
"As recent bad events in London and Manchester have brought to light, Blue Light workers do an extremely challenging job, encountering hard and traumatic situations", he said. But in an interview about the fire, May ducked the questions.
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In contrast, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was pictured with those who have lost their homes and neighbours in Tuesday night's fire.
Engineering experts and fire safety specialists believe the building's exterior cladding may have quickly fueled the blaze, overwhelming fire protection devices.
Building officials have not commented since the fire.
Queen Elizabeth and her grandson Prince William visited a community center Friday close to where the disaster happened, and spoke to people affected by the tragedy. Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centers.
They said: "We naturally welcome funds for those in need, though this does show once more the tendency to sideline residents' views". The cops and the rescue department have intensified their search and service dogs have also joined the grim search for bodies in Grenfell Tower which turned into ashes. She also chaired the government's Civil Contingencies Committee, which deals with major crises such as terrorism or natural disasters, in Whitehall. They say their complaints were ignored - and fear it was because the tower was full of poor people in a hugely wealthy neighborhood.