Banned materials suspected in London fire

There is simmering anger in the multi-ethnic Kensington area hit by the blaze, and public fury has been directed at senior government figures, including Prime Minister Theresa May, when they visited the stricken area.

London police say that the number of dead or missing in the high-rise apartment building fire is now 79.

Cundy said the search and recovery operation was ongoing in the burnt-out 24-storey tower, which was built in 1974 and had received a major refurbishment that was completed previous year.

On Friday, William and Queen Elizabeth II visited the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire that killed as many as 58 people last week.

This included the 30 already confirmed dead, according to Commander Stuart Cundy.

The fire has also been transformed into a symbol of class inequality - the Grenfell Tower's charred remains stand high above one of the British capital's wealthiest neighborhoods. Residents want answers on why the fire spread so quickly, trapping numerous estimated 600 residents.

"The residents of Grenfell Tower, families who have lost loved ones, and the emergency services who have been working so hard to help them have been through some of the most harrowing and traumatic experiences imaginable", Mrs May said.

However, five people who were originally reported as missing have since been found safe and well.

Fifty-eight of the 500 residents who lived in the social housing block, which was managed by Kensington and Chelsea Council, are still missing. The meeting is unlikely to quell complaints that May has been slow to reach out to victims, despite her announcement of a $6.4 million emergency fund to help the displaced families.

The five victims officers were able to identify include Anthony Disson, 65, Ya-Haddy Sisi Saye, Abufars Ibrahim, 39, Khadija Saye, 24, and a 52-year-old woman whose family did not wish for her name to be released.

Cundy says the new number may change as investigation continues.

It is feared many are trapped inside the blazing building as the fire broke out in the wee hours of Wednesday.

Officials are using dental records, fingerprints, DNA samples, tattoos and scars to try and positively identify victims.

The tragedy has provoked a huge response from nearby communities.

Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centers.

Speaking on the Andrew Marr show on BBC One this morning, Hammond said that it is his belief that the cladding, which was wrapped around the tower block to approve its appearance, was banned.

Vanessa Coleman

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