Confirmed death toll in London fire rises to 30

London police on Saturday raised to 58 the number of deaths either confirmed or presumed following the horrific inferno that turned the city's Grenfell Tower public housing block into a charred hulk.

On June 14, just after midnight, a fire began on the fourth floor of Grenfell Tower, located in north Kensington, a district of west London. "Understandably, the residents are very angry and concerned", he said.

As the protesters sought to gain entry to an upper floor, police tried to bar their way.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid said inspections of similar buildings had been ordered, with particular attention to the modern cladding used to beautify and add insulation to ageing concrete and steel structures.

However, Mr Green would not say whether other tower blocks would be retrofitted with sprinkler systems in light of the tragedy. While members of her party have suggested security issues contributed to her lack of engagement with the public, residents seemed unwilling to accept the explanation.

A spokesman for Kensington and Chelsea Council said: 'The council is helping those affected and in need of emergency accommodation.

"There is considerable damage within Grenfell Tower", he said.

Protesters march up during a rally calling for justice for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in London, Britain, on June 16, 2017. Instead they released a statement promising to rehouse as many people locally as they could.

Engineering experts and fire safety specialists believe the building's exterior cladding may have quickly fueled the blaze, overwhelming fire protection devices. Mr Barwell lost his bid for re- election to Parliament and is now Mrs May's chief of staff.

Earlier on Saturday, Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip observed a minute of silence to honor the victims of the London high-rise fire. "You have to be prepared to receive people's emotions, and not be so frightened about people", he said. "They have been left with nothing - no bank cards, no money, no means of caring for their children or relatives".

"Obviously one imagines there will be further expenses of various kinds, that of course we will meet", he said.

"She should have been there with the residents. You have to be prepared to receive people's emotions, and not be so frightened about people", former Conservative cabinet minister Michael Portillo told the BBC.

Mayor Khan wrote to May on Friday, saying residents felt increasingly enraged and frustrated by the slow response from the authorities.

A vigil was held last night during which hundreds of people lit candles and linked arms near the scene of the fire.

"People were telling them to stay in the building but they had hope because they listened".

However, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who was London mayor until a year ago, took to Facebook to attack opposition Labour politicians for "political game playing". Cundy said emergency workers have now reached the top of the building.

He said: "I understand - I really do understand - the frustration of so many about not knowing the scale of the tragedy that is unfolding behind us".

A criminal investigation led by a senior detective from Scotland Yard's homicide and major crime command is under way with calls for "corporate manslaughter" arrests to be made.

Since Wednesday, six victims of the fire have been provisionally identified though Cundy warned there was a "risk that sadly we may not be able to identify everybody".

  • Jack Mann