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UK: London tower may have used banned siding in renovation

UK: London tower may have used banned siding in renovation

Authorities may never be able to identify some of the victims, he said. "So that 58 would include that 30", he said.

Rydon had earlier said the revamp "met all required building control, fire regulation and health and safety standards".

He said residents left the meeting feeling "reassured that they were listened to", but added: "Time will tell as to whether it makes a difference".

The sister of a man still missing in the London blaze told reporters that when she phoned him on the 21st floor as the fire spread, he said he hadn't evacuated with his wife and three children because fire officials told him to "stay inside, stay in one room together and put towels under the door".

Cladding used on Grenfell Tower is banned in Britain, the Chancellor has said as Government staff were drafted in to handle the response to the disaster.

"It is human nature for most of us - if we know there's a fire, start moving and get out", said Robert Solomon of the National Fire Protection Association, a USA -based organization that studies fire safety globally.

May released a statement following the meeting in which she said support on the ground for families in the immediate aftermath of the blaze had not been good enough.

May said after the meeting Saturday that there have been "huge frustrations" in the community as people tried to get information. This relies on dental records, fingerprints and DNA when possible and also features like tattoos or scars.

The 91-year-old monarch said that Britain remains "resolute in the face of adversity" after the horrendous fire and recent extremist attacks in London and Manchester.

Mr Cundy said the police investigation into the blaze would look at the building and its refurbishment in 2016 and vowed to prosecute people if there was evidence. Hundreds have been left homeless, putting more pressure on officials in a city plagued by a chronic housing shortage.




There has been a public outcry at the government's initial failure to provide up-to-the minute information.

A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government told CNN that the use of a composite aluminum panel with a polyethylene core would breach current United Kingdom building regulations guidance, which says this material should not be used as cladding on buildings over 18 meters (59 feet) in height.

Kensington and Chelsea council has been under pressure since the fire, with residents protesting outside Kensington Town Hall on Friday night.

But Hammond said it was up to the public inquiry to determine whether the retrofitting of sprinklers to buildings was necessary to improve fire safety.

She added: "The response of the emergency services, NHS and the community has been heroic". More than 3 million pounds ($3.8 million) have been raised for the victims.

The statement comes as Transport for London partially closed two Tube lines because of London Fire Brigade (LFB) saying there was a "short-term risk of some debris falling on to the tracks".

The tower's cladding will likely be one of only many factors taken into account as investigators probe what happened.

Speaking outside St Clement's Church, Mr Khan said: "There is a feeling from the community that they have been treated badly because some of them are poor".

Residents whose homes were destroyed in the Grenfell Tower fire will receive a Government down-payment of at least £5,500 from Monday, it has been announced.

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