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London Tower Fire: 58 Confirmed or Presumed Dead, Identification 'Will Take Weeks'

19 June 2017

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Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy confirmed the death toll as he spoke near the scene of the devastating blaze in west London on Friday.

In a television interview Friday, she sidestepped questions over whether she had misread the public mood.

"During recent visits in Manchester and London, I have been profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need", the queen said in a statement. May said the government would spend £5 million for clothes, food and emergency supplies to the victims.

He said police would consider criminal prosecutions if there is evidence of wrongdoing and that the police investigation would include scrutiny of the renovation project at the tower, which experts believe may have left the building more vulnerable to a catastrophic blaze.

The official death toll from the blaze now sits at 30, up from 17 overnight, as firefighters continue the extremely hard process of recovering bodies from within the tower.

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Community groups have said warnings about poor fire safety have been ignored, and in the aftermath of the disaster, officials have failed to take care of those affected, they said.

A day after the deadly incident, Housing Minister Alok Sharma told MPs the government "will guarantee that every single family from Grenfell Tower will be re-housed in the local area".

Sixteen bodies have been removed from the blackened 24-story public housing unit and the first victim has been formally identified as Mohammed Alhajali, a 23-year-old Syrian refugee.

On Saturday, May met with victims of the blaze at her 10 Downing St. offices for 2½ hours.

They said: "We naturally welcome funds for those in need, though this does show once more the tendency to sideline residents' views".

"We have colleagues in there as we speak, searching for and recovering those that have died".

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He said: "The conditions due to the fire damage verge on indescribable, which is why this will be such a lengthy operation taking weeks to complete".

So far, 58 people have been feared dead - a toll that authorities warn could rise ahead of new figures to be released on Monday. And obviously that will be a subject that the (public) inquiry will look at.

The tragedy has provoked a very big response from nearby communities that have donated food and shelter to the victims. "And once it's safe, they are going to go into the building", he said, in an attempt to calm the crowds. More than 3 million pounds ($3.8 million) have been raised for the victims.

The emotional tributes could be seen nestled in amongst the growing number of flowers, candles and messages placed near Latymer Community Church on Sunday.

Government staff have been drafted to manage the response to the devastating Grenfell Tower fire after criticism of the Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council.

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