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London Tower Fire: 58 Likely Killed – Police

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London Tower Fire: 58 Likely Killed - Police

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At least 58 people were likely killed in a fire which engulfed a London tower block earlier this week, police said on Saturday.

If that death toll is confirmed, it would make the Grenfell Tower blaze the deadliest in London since World War Two.

“Sadly at this time, there are 58 people who we have been told were in Grenfell Tower on the night that are missing and therefore sadly I have to assume that they are dead,” Commander Stuart Cundy told reporters.

Cundy added that the figure could change. Police had previously put the death toll at 30.

“The figure of 30 that I gave yesterday is the number that I know, sadly, have, at least, died. So that 58 would include that 30,” he said.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s government earlier sought to quell anger over the fire, pledging to support the victims of the blaze after protesters jeered her when she visited local residents.

May was rushed away from a meeting with residents on Friday under heavy police guard as protesters shouted “Shame on you” and hundreds stormed a local town hall calling for justice.

After a botched snap election that lost her party its majority in parliament, May is facing criticism for her response to the blaze which engulfed the 24-storey apartment block of social housing on Wednesday.

Residents of the destroyed tower said May was far too slow to visit the stricken community, that the building had been unsafe and that officials have failed to give enough information and support to those who have lost relatives and their homes.

Asked repeatedly whether she had misread the public mood, May did not answer directly but said the focus was on providing support to the victims.

“What I’m now absolutely focused on is ensuring that we get that support on the ground,” May said in a BBC Newsnight interview.

“Government is making money available, we’re ensuring that we’re going to get to the bottom of what’s happened, we will ensure that people are rehoused. But we need to make sure that that actually happens.”

May on Saturday chaired a meeting on the government’s response to the fire. She also met victims of the fire in Downing Street.

Alongside both police and fire investigations into the blaze, she has promised to set up a public inquiry.

She also pledged five million pounds ($6.39 million) of support, housing guarantees and help with access to bank accounts and cash. Those who lost their homes will be rehoused within three weeks, she said.

One of her closest allies, Damian Green, defended May on Saturday, adding that a team would go to the area to answer questions from residents.

“The Prime Minister is distraught about what has happened,” said Green, who was appointed May’s deputy in the wake of the general election.

“We’re all desperately sad, we’re all angry, but of course none of us as angry as those who were directly affected. I absolutely get why they’re angry,” Green said.

While the blaze has prompted an outpouring of generosity, with many people donating provisions and clothes, it has also unleashed rage at the authorities as the charred tower was cast as a deadly symbol of a deeply divided society.

Angry protesters chanting “We want justice” stormed their way into the Kensington and Chelsea town hall on Friday.

After a turbulent three months which has seen Britain scarred by three deadly Islamist militant attacks and now the tower blaze, Queen Elizabeth said the mood was deeply somber but that the British people were resolute in the face of adversity.

“It is difficult to escape a very sombre national mood,” Elizabeth said in a message on her official birthday.

“The country has witnessed a succession of terrible tragedies. Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity,” Elizabeth said.

“United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favor, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss.”

Such a direct message from the monarch is rare and indicated the extent of the turmoil in Britain.

Opponents said May’s handling of the fire has thrust her position further into doubt by showing a failure to feel the public mood and act decisively.

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6 Comments

  1. Las

    June 17, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    May the survivors find peace and the dead rest for their souls.

    • Andre Cooper

      June 18, 2017 at 12:20 am

      Amen

  2. Lifeisbeautiful

    June 18, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Oh God have mercy

  3. George Town

    June 18, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    The numbers are in the hundreds, the press are under reporting…
    24 floors people been told to stay inside their houses, they should just tell the truth!

    • Jen

      June 18, 2017 at 11:25 pm

      Yes I completely agree.. the government don’t care about these people. I won’t be surprised if the death toll surpasses 200 as over 500 people lived on that tower block.. mostly immigrants, muslims and Asians . Can you believe they spent 10 million pounds on refurbishing that tower block last year using flammable cladding.. a whole 10 million and dodgy work was being done and now look at whats happened. The council defo pocketed that money and used cheap flammable stuff.. This stuff pisses me Off so much like I can’t stop thinking about the children and people who got burnt to death.. people jumping out the window.. mothers throwing their child out the window for someone to catch knowing that they won’t survive but at least their child would.. this shit is so sad and heartbreaking.. RIP to those who lost their lives!!!!

  4. Kk

    June 19, 2017 at 12:18 am

    That building holds 500 so what the fck they mean 58. Why do they keep lying like this. It’s disgusting

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