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Cladding on Grenfell Tower not fire-resistant

Debra Rodriguez | 17 June, 2017, 06:04

Emergency services are set to spend a third day looking for bodies in the burnt-out Grenfell Tower block in central London.

Police said 17 people were killed in the blaze but warned this number is set to rise, with British media reporting the death toll could exceed 100.

"I really hope the number of fatalities does not reach triple figures", said Cundy said Thursday.

Cundy said there was "a risk that sadly we may not be able to identify everybody".

After visiting the site of the devastating fire in a 24-storey tower building in London, May said on Thursday that she wanted to make sure the bad tragedy is properly investigated.

Mr Khan replied: "The bad news, I'm afraid, is lots of people died in the fire".

Some residents trapped in the building jumped to their deaths rather than face the flames that morning, and witnesses reported seeing small children thrown from the tower by their families in a desperate bid to save them. May has already faced criticism for failing to meet residents when she made a low-key visit to the scene Thursday. Why was the building clad in plastic panelling that is banned in the US?

London Police have launched an investigation to determine whether any crimes contributed to the blaze.

REUTERS/Peter Nicholls Demonstrators clash with police officers during a march in Westminster, following the fire that destroyed The Grenfell Tower block, in north Kensington, West London, Britain June 16, 2017.

"People won't want to give up easily", she said, adding that officials would likely also encounter other obstacles, like trying to find people who weren't expected to be at the tower or differentiating between siblings where little DNA remains.

Queen Elizabeth II and her grandson Prince William visited the Grenfell Tower earlier this morning.

Residents of a tower block refurbished by the same firm as Grenfell Tower have voiced concerns about the safety of their homes.

Contact the Casualty Bureau on 0800 0961 233 to report someone missing or have any concerns for people you think may have been involved - do not use 999 or 101.

Devastated people look on at the destruction caused by the ferocious fire What do we know so far about the fire?

The university said it did not know if the panels on them were the same as those used on the London apartment block, and it said it was very confident its fire protection measures were solid.

One of those was Gloria Trevisan, a 26-year-old Italian architect who was living in London because her family was having financial difficulties at home in Italy.

Another complicating factor is that much of the DNA material that would normally be used to help pinpoint victims - like toothbrushes or combs - were probably also incinerated in the blaze.

On Thursday, Mohammad Al-Hajali, 23, a refugee who fled Syria for the United Kingdom in 2014, was announced as the first victim of the fire.

The building housed people from many countries, including Eritrea, the Philippines, Somalia and Sudan.

Other questions include what role aluminium exterior cladding might have played in the fire's rapid spread; and whether sprinklers and alarm systems had been in place and functioning properly.

Barwell had told lawmakers that the government meant to review fire safety standards following a deadly blaze at the Lakanal House high-rise building in south London in 2009, in which three women and three children died.

"Now the anger - furious locals demand answers", was the Sun headline, while The Daily Telegraph ran with "Sorrow turns to anger" under a picture of two girls in an emotional embrace.

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