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May orders probe into Grenfell fire

19 June 2017

"Just tell them!" said local resident Karen Brown, 36.

"There is no way I am waiting to die in a building".

Aluminum cladding with insulation sandwiched between two panels has been blamed for helping to spread flames in major fires in many parts of the world, including blazes in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the United States.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William visited an aid distribution site Friday for the tower's residents and met with volunteers.

Their sense of smell is often more accurate than specifically designed technology and they can even help to determine whether a fire has been started deliberately.

"It is human nature for most of us - if we know there's a fire, start moving and get out", said Robert Solomon of the National Fire Protection Association, a USA -based organization that studies fire safety globally.

Mrs May has said survivors would be consulted on the terms of reference for the full public inquiry, so they can obtain the answers they are seeking.

Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said Friday that 24 people are being treated in the hospital, including 12 in critical care.

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"That's one of the most awful things I have ever seen", William said of the tower's blackened shell.

At least 58 people are dead - or missing, presumed dead - following the blaze early on Wednesday.

The leader of Britain's main opposition party added his voice Sunday to a mounting chorus of criticism over the response by local and national authorities to London's devastating Grenfell Tower fire disaster.

While the official death toll stands at 30, there are fears the fire claimed more than 100 lives, but the scale of the damage means authorities are finding it extremely hard to find and identify remains.

The announcement comes as the government is accused of failing to improve fire safety in buildings, like Grenfell Tower, despite warnings.

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

Housing Minister Alok Sharma told lawmakers on Thursday that a consultation document was close to completion when the general election was called, and it would now be revised to reflect on the Grenfell Tower fire.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan increased the pressure on May by writing an open letter to her, demanding a series of assurances.

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The local authority, which owns the tower block where families rent their homes, says it is doing all it can to support the victims and to help the relief operation.

Prime Minister Theresa May ordered a public inquiry into the incident that will establish what happened and who is to blame, although it won't lead to criminal prosecutions.

Whole families are said to be among the missing, including Bassem Choukeir, his wife Nadia, her mother Sariyya and the couple's three daughters Mirna, Fatmeh and Zaynab. They had lived on the 22nd floor of the tower.

London has a chronic housing shortage even in the best of times, and those left homeless by the fire - already angry over what they see as government inequity and incompetence - fear being forced out of the British capital.

Scuffles broke out near the Kensington and Chelsea town hall offices as demonstrators chanting "We want justice!" surged toward the doors.

The 91-year-old monarch said that Britain remains "resolute in the face of adversity" after the horrendous fire and recent extremist attacks in London and Manchester.

Police said they are using the INTERPOL Disaster Victim Identification Standards to identify the deceased.

Accounts of people trapped inside as the blaze destroyed everything around them, shouting for help, throwing children to safety and trying to escape through windows using makeshift ropes from bed sheets tied together left the nation in shock.

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