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About $4 million raised for London fire victims

17 June 2017

The type of cladding used on the exterior walls of a London tower block that went up in flames this week was not graded fire-resistant and its use is restricted in the United States, British media reported on Friday.

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It is thought that contractors chose the cheaper, more combustible version for Grenfell, which has a polyethylene core and is known as PE. In the face of continued criticism, Theresa May paid another visit to the site to meet residents but was rushed away under heavy police guard as locals vented their fury, shouting "shame on you" and "coward".

Pressed again on whether she had failed to understand the anger felt by the public, she said: "This was a bad tragedy that took place". She visited the former apartment building on Thursday and failed to even speak to survivors.

"This will need to be a lot of work between us and other investigating agencies to establish what has happened and why and that is going to take a considerable period of time".

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Natasha Elcock, 39, was with her boyfriend and six-year-old daughter on the 11th floor of the west London tower block when the fire broke out - but they had been told to stay inside. "I was urging her to escape by the stairs", Francis' brother said.

Mr Cundy said the investigation would consider whether any criminal offences had been committed and would also involve the London Fire Brigade and the Health and Safety Executive.

"We are not given information about our loved ones", she added.

May promised to hold a public inquiry into the fire, expressing her sorrow in a televised statement after meeting with the emergency services.

"Nothing was done to improve fire-proofing standards, The Telegraph writes, while also citing changes in laws, unsafe cladding, no government reviews, and even missing sprinklers to try and explain the tragedy". "They have been left with nothing - no bank cards, no money, no means of caring for their children or relatives".

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He said it would have "delayed and made the refurbishment of the block more disruptive".

Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy has said that there are still some bodies in Grenfell tower but conditions have been too hazardous to retrieve them.

Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by grandson Prince William, paid a visit to the Grenfell Tower this morning where the number of missing is estimated to be around 76. Police have said it could take months to search the building and some victims might never be identified.

It did also highlight fire safety as one of the issues facing its social housing stock, after alarmed residents issued multiple warnings.

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