The death toll of the London tower block fire has risen to 58, police said yesterday. “It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood”, she said in a message marking the event. The queen was born in April but celebrates in June.

“Something bad has happened”.

Two days after the fire broke out early Wednesday in the local authority-owned apartment block, firefighters were yet to access some of the floors due to worries about the stability of the structure.

The deadly blaze has turned into a political crisis, testing the fragile government of Prime Minister Theresa May. Protesters drew up a list of demands from the council, which included that those who lost their homes in the fire be rehoused locally.

“Afterwards, she will meet a group of residents, victims, volunteers and community leaders in Number 10”.

When May went out to meet with them at St.

“She’s a coward and needs to leave”, Tilly Howard, a protester told the Guardian.

The news came as the Government announced those left homeless by the fire will be given at least £5,500 from an emergency fund.

Engineering experts and fire safety specialists believe the building’s exterior cladding may have quickly fueled the blaze, overwhelming fire protection devices.

“People raised these concerns, people were expressing issues regarding the safety and unsafe living conditions”, says Lancaster West Residents Association chairwoman Olesea Matcovschi.

Commander Cundy further informed that the police investigation into the fire “will take weeks, it may take longer than that”.

Flames engulf Grenfell Tower in London last week.

Residents who survived said they warned the building’s manager about fire hazards for years but were ignored.

“The response we got from the council was not satisfactory”, he said.

As the victims of the fire entered the Downing Street, hundreds of demonstrators had gathered in Whitehall to protest against the prime minister.

Neither side immediately released details. Her First Secretary of State, Damian Green, defended the prime minister, saying she was as “distraught as we all are”.

“That 58 would include that 30”, he told reporters here.

On the night of the blaze, Choucair had not been at home, but rushed back to find the building alight after a friend inside had called, begging for help.

The tragedy has provoked a very big response from nearby communities that have donated food and shelter to the victim.


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