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London Police Launch Criminal Probe Into Fire

London Police Launch Criminal Probe Into Fire

"I do anticipate the number of fatalities will sadly increase", said Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Mundy.

The death toll from the devastating fire in a West London apartment tower rose to 17 yesterday and rescue workers continued to search for the missing. "There are 37 people receiving treatment of which 17 are still in critical care".

'I won't know that until we've gone through the full recovery from Grenfell Tower and we know exactly what we've got and I anticipate that is going to take a considerable period of time.

Investigators said they did not expect to find anyone else alive after the blaze and that it was too early to speculate on how the inferno that engulfed the 24-floor building started.

Planning documents detailing the refurbishment did not refer to a type of fire barrier that building safety experts said should be used when high-rise blocks are being re-clad, according to Reuters research. "In light of concerns about the safety of other tower blocks that have been similarly refurbished, the inquiry needs to produce an interim report by the end of this summer at the latest".

"Two kids on the right hand side on the corner are screaming - nobody could get to them nobody could help these children on the very, very top".

"Some very hard questions have to be asked, and some very hard questions must be answered" about the cladding, building regulations, fire protections and more, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said.

"In my 29 years of being a firefighter, I have never, ever seen anything of this scale", London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton told NBC News.




Piles of shoes, clothes, duvets and other items accumulated in several spots where volunteers were sorting them. The tower is owned by the local government in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Waewta said she was watching television at around 1am when she heard about the fire. "I wanted a briefing from the emergency services", she replied. "The phone was ringing but they didn't reply to us. We can't afford to wait many years for those answers".

The first victim of the tragedy was named Thursday by the Syria Solidarity Campaign as Syrian refugee Mohammed Alhajali.

People have been desperately seeking news of missing family and friends, including artist Khadjia Saye who is thought to have been on the 20th floor during the time of the fire. May was seen at the scene talking to senior officials from the emergency services and said that she was overwhelmed by the bravery shown by the firefighters.

Different Islamic cultural centers and mosques opened their doors to help the people who were affected, including the British Muslim Community that raised over 30000 pounds within only a few hours of the fire, Muslim Aid and Al Manaar, the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre.

The queen's grandsons, Prince William and Prince Harry, along with William's wife Kate, donated to a relief fund organized by London's local Evening Standard newspaper.

Singer Rita Ora helped sort donations for the victims of Grenfell Tower fire.

The concrete block was built in 1974 in the working-class area of north Kensington, close to the wealthy Notting Hill district which contains some of the most expensive homes in the world.