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58 People Presumed Dead in London’s Grenfell Tower Fire as Theresa May Meets With Victims

According to police, 58 people are missing and presumed dead in the fire, though they say this number could change. But the government has been criticized for failing to act on recommendations from previous tower block fires. A second protest began later at Britain’s Home Office, which oversees fire prevention and policing nationally. “What we are doing is putting in place the support that will help them. Residents furious over the handling of the Grenfell Tower disaster descended on the local town hall Friday in west London, shouting, “We want justice.”
Some wore T-shirts with images of missing loved ones as they climbed the front steps and pushed their way into the building. Victims, relatives volunteers and community leaders of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster leave Number 10 Downing Street after meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May on June 17, 2017, in London, England. (Credit: Tolga Akmen / AFP / Getty Images)
She said her visits to London and Manchester — the latter the site of a terror attack last month — have highlighted the people who offer comfort and support to those affected. Barwell had told lawmakers that the government intended to review fire safety standards following a fatal fire at Lakanal House, a London high-rise in 2009. At the moment, police said 16 bodies have been recovered. No sprinkler system was installed. One was Gloria Trevisan, 26, an Italian architect living in London because her family was having financial difficulties back in Italy. Members of the emergency services work inside the charred remains of the Grenfell Tower block in Kensington, west London, on June 17, 2017, follwing the June 14 fire at the residential building.(Credit: Tolga Akmen / AFP / Getty Images)
May, who spent 2½ hours with the group, said members of the community faced “huge frustrations” as they sought information from authorities about the deadly blaze in London’s North Kensington. The Prime Minister is facing particular scrutiny over the role of her new chief of staff, Gavin Barwell, who was housing minister until he lost his parliamentary seat in last week’s election. Jeering from protesters
May talked with the group of residents at Downing Street a day after protesters chastised her near the scene of the Grenfell Tower fire. London Mayor Sadiq Khan released a statement Saturday after a meeting with the Prime Minister in which he urged the government to speed up efforts to rehouse residents within the local area. She faced cries of “Shame on you!” and “Coward!” on Friday as security staff bundled her into her car following a meeting with locals at a church hall. In the fire’s aftermath, the London Underground on Saturday suspended subway service between Edgware Road and Hammersmith on two lines at the request of the London Fire Brigade. May was asked numerous times why she had not met with those affected by the blaze Thursday. Blame game
The UK government has promised that all those left homeless by the disaster will be rehoused in the local area. Residents who spoke to CNN were angry at the Prime Minister’s decision not to meet with victims when she initially visited the area. Khan also stressed the need for clearer advice to ensure residents have access to housing and financial support. In a statement Saturday, May said her government would do “whatever it takes to help those affected, get justice and keep our people safe.”
She said the disaster was an “unimaginable tragedy for the community, and for our country.”
May also said a public inquiry will report back to her personally and that the government will cover the costs of legal representation for victims. “Victims have concerns their voice will not be heard, that their many questions about this tragedy will not be answered.”
Questions
After being heavily jeered by protesters, May attracted additional criticism in a BBC interview Friday when she sidestepped questions about whether she had failed to grasp the mood of the public after the disaster. 51.514058
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Mohammad Al-Hajali, 23, a refugee who fled Syria for the UK in 2014, was identified as another victim. Police have opened a criminal investigation into the circumstances of the blaze. I have heard horrifying stories from the fire brigade, from police and from victims themselves who were in that tower but also from other local residents, some of whom of course have not been able to go back to their homes either.”
May’s meeting Saturday with victims, residents, volunteers and community leaders came as Queen Elizabeth II marked her official birthday with a statement saying it was “difficult to escape a very somber national mood.”
On Friday, Elizabeth and Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, visited the area and met residents and community representatives. “I have ordered that more staff be deployed across the area, wearing high visibility clothing, so they can easily be found, dispense advice and ensure the right support is provided. “United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favor, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss.”
Anger
The anger on the streets of London’s North Kensington has been growing in the past 48 hours. “Today is traditionally a day of celebration,” the Queen said in a statement. In her official birthday message Saturday, the queen addressed the latest tragedy to hit the nation. (Credit: Jack Taylor / Getty Images)
“There have been huge frustrations that people do not know who to talk to, that they can’t get through on the council hotlines,” May said. Mohammad and his brother Omar, both students, lived together on the 14th floor. The embattled leader has been under relentless criticism since visiting and leaving the disaster scene Thursday without talking to any of those who had lost their homes in the blaze. Three women and three children died. Besides the public inquiry, May has announced a fund of £5 million ($6.4 million) to help those affected by the blaze. “People have lost their lives and others have lost everything, all their possessions, their home and everything. A lawyer for the family told CNN that Trevisan spoke with her parents before she died, telling them: “I am going to heaven. One member of Parliament has called for corporate manslaughter charges after learning flammable material was used to clad the building during a recent renovation. Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy later clarified that 30 people had been confirmed dead, while another 28 remain missing and are presumed dead. On Saturday she said more money would be made available if required and urged authorities to ensure all those who have lost their homes are rehoused within the next three weeks. She also confirmed that councils have been ordered to complete safety checks on high-rise buildings in their area as a matter of urgency. “This year, however, it is difficult to escape a very somber national mood. Omar, 25, survived, but the brothers were separated as firefighters tried to rescue them from the burning building early Wednesday. They examined the apartment where the fire started and determined “there is nothing to suggest the fire was started deliberately.” A team of senior detectives is investigating. But it is a terrible tragedy. “Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity,” she said. British Prime Minister Theresa May said that support for families in the initial aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster “was not good enough” hours after she met Saturday with some local residents at 10 Downing Street. (Credit: Tolga Akmen / AFP / Getty Images)
Details of victims emerge
While the political fallout from the tragedy grows, the names of those who died are beginning to emerge. In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession of terrible tragedies.”
Two young boys look at posters of missing people stuck to a wall, the victims of the June 14 Grenfell Tower block fire, in Kensington, west London, on June 17, 2017. “This was a terrible tragedy that took place,” she told the BBC.