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Meanwhile, British media reported that the number of dead could surpass 100

16 June 2017

Kevin Hollingsworth was talking to RTÉ's Morning Ireland on Friday and said that the housing development situation in Ireland could pose the same risks as Grenfell Tower.

Police said although initial report suggested the fire was not lit deliberately, the investigation would continue to examine if any criminal offences had been committed.

Using drones and sniffer dogs, firefighters continued Friday to search the burned-out hulk that looms over Notting Dale, a low-income community next to the super-affluent Notting Hill neighborhood in west London.

Commander Stuart Cundy of the Metropolitan Police said: "I can confirm six fatalities".

At least 70 people, including children and entire families, have been reported missing.

The building was refurbished a year ago, and covered in aluminium coated panels, known as Reynobond.

Those trapped and unaccounted for in Grenfell Tower, a 24-story government-owned block, included many migrant families from the Middle East and northern Africa.

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One fire safety expert told i that concerns have existed for years about external cladding systems, which consist of a thick layer of insulation attached to the original exterior of an older building which is then covered with rainscreen panels made from materials such as ACM.

The fire service has said it was too early to know what caused the blaze, and the local authority has said the refurbishment was created to improve quality of life for residents of the block.

The government department responsible for building standards says aluminium cladding is relatively new to New Zealand and its use on multi-level buildings is unlikely to be widespread.

The cladding was linked to a 2014 fire in Melbourne and has been banned in high-rise buildings in the US. Is the local authority culpable in any way?' Now, for the victims and survivors of the blaze, 'a full, open and transparent inquiry is essential'.

Mohammad and his brother Omar, both students, lived together in a 14th-floor apartment in Grenfell Tower.

Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, also visited Grenfell Tower and met local people.

On the night of the fire, Donald rushed to the local church in her pyjamas and spent hours helping evacuees as best she could, making tea, providing toys to entertain the children and cleaning the toilets which were being used by dozens of people.

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Families searching for their loved ones have blanketed the area near the tower with posters searching for answers, and sorrow is quickly turning to anger over whether recent building works were properly done.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called for homes to be "requisitioned if necessary" in order to house those left homeless by the disaster: "It is hardly acceptable that in London you have luxury buildings and luxury flats kept empty, as land banks for the future, while the homeless and the poor look for somewhere to live".

He said everyone in hospital had been identified and their families were aware, and noted that the nature of the intense fire made identification of those who had been killed hard.

But Kostas Tsavdaridis, associate professor of structural engineering at the University of Leeds, warned: "Some materials used in facades act as significant fire loads".

The investigation into the cause of the fire that has now been extinguished will take weeks, he added.

Vanezis said the best chance to identify victims may be if officials find any remaining bits of teeth or bone, medical devices like a pacemaker or any artificial implants.

He said that he and a parliamentary group that he chairs have been pushing for better safety regulations since the 2009 fire.

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