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London Firefighters Search for More High-Rise Fire Victims, at Least 17 Dead

16 June 2017

The Prime Minister said people rightfully "want answers" after a blaze ripped through the west London tower block early on Wednesday morning.

"Sadly I can confirm that the number of people who have died is now 17".

The death toll stands at 17, but that could greatly increase, as rescue officials said they're not expecting to find any more survivors.

"The cause of the fire is not known at this stage and will be the subject of a thorough investigation", LFB said in a statement.

The growing number of questions being raised is seeing grief and disbelief turn to anger.

Sky News reported that some parts of the building were still too hot for firefighters to go in.

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said there were still "unknown numbers" of people in the smoldering ruins of the building.

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"There are thousands of tower blocks around our country".

London mayor Sadiq Khan had called for an inquiry and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said some "very hard questions have got to be asked and some very hard questions must be answered".

The presenter pleaded with people to "keep this spirit" and focus their energies on other local charities who need the help.

On the other side of the church, volunteers sorted a mountain of donated clothing into piles for men, women and children of different sizes while others pack donated food into boxes.

Firefighters searched for bodies yesterday in a London tower block gutted by an inferno that has already left 17 people dead as questions grew over whether a refurbishment had contributed to the disaster.

The Queen earlier said her "thoughts and prayers" are with families.

"I kept calling and calling", she told Reuters.

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So far, families for at least 41 people have launched frantic hunts on social media to find them - but this figure is expected to be much higher. "Maybe 70 percent are from Somalia, Sudan, Morocco, and she was so happy to be in the flat right in that community".

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

"Prince Philip and I would like to pay tribute to the bravery of firefighters and other emergency services officers who put their own lives at risk to save others".

The presenter revealed how she had returned to "completely altered community", as described how local donation points had been overwhelmed by handouts for the victims of the tragedy.

Ferrier Point in Forty Acre Lane, is claimed to have an insulated aluminium rainscreen cladding which is allegedly the same type of material used on the exterior of the doomed 24-storey block in west London. Firefighters rescued 65 people from the building.

The singer made an appearance at the site at about 1am on Thursday morning and stayed for 15 minutes, eye-witness Tom Maughan told the Press Association. Security cordons were in place around the base of the tower and the ground was littered with charred debris.

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London Firefighters Search for More High-Rise Fire Victims, at Least 17 Dead