London Police Raise Death Toll In Tower Fire To 30

Some observers asked whether hazards in the Grenfell complex, which had 120 apartments that housed as many as 600 people, were ignored because its residents are mainly poor.

As the demand for answers grew, May announced an inquiry into the tragedy, and police said they were opening a criminal investigation, evidently to determine if negligence had led to the lethal blaze. And it said handover took place when the completion notice was issued by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea building control. He says it will take weeks or longer to recover and identify all the dead at the charred building.

Forensic experts said the fire at Grenfell was so hot it could be compared to a cremation, which is going to make it hard to identify those who lost their lives.

He said there may have been people in the tower that police are not aware of, which would add to the death toll.

Cundy said there was "a risk that sadly we may not be able to identify everybody". It is feared that the final death toll will be much higher.

His family said in a statement that Alhajali "came to the United Kingdom because he had ambitions and aims for his life and for his family".

Prime Minister Theresa May came in for trenchant criticism from angry victims of Grenfell Tower tragedy for allegedly being "cold as a fish" to it, but Queen Elizabeth II was hailed for reflecting the national mood on Saturday, her official birthday.

Prime Minister Theresa May was greeted by angry crowds shouting "coward" after she promised support for victims of a fire in a London tower block that claimed at least 30 lives.

There is simmering anger in the multi-ethnic north Kensington area hit by the blaze, and public fury has been directed at senior government figures, including May, who was jeered Friday after she visited the fire community.

Locals yelled questions at London Mayor Sadiq Khan when he walked through the neighbourhood yesterday.

The identities of some of the victims, including children, have emerged in local media. "What are you going to do about it?"

"The bad news, I'm afraid, is lots of people died in the fire". She was pictured speaking to emergency workers, but was kept away from the public - with officials citing security concerns and suggesting she didn't want to distract police and others from their work.

'That's why I'm positive about it, because I think in the past local residents here have not always been listened to'.

A soccer player says that he will donate 50 pounds (more than $60) for each minute he plays at a European youth tournament to the victims of London's high-rise inferno.

Treasury chief Philip Hammond said Sunday he believes the flammable cladding used on the building's exterior is banned in Britain.

The firm's managing director, John Cowley, said: "It is critical to consider the whole system, including insulation materials, fire barriers, fixings and railings and you also need to look at the overall design and quality of installation".

British officials say they are helping the Syrian family of the first officially confirmed victim of the London tower blaze - 23-year-old Mohammad Alhajali - to "travel to the U.K.in these terribly sad circumstances".

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