London tower fire: 79 now feared dead

Smoke billows from a fire that has engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London.

The latest images were captured by a police recovery team sent in to find the bodies of victims and evidence of what caused the fire.

Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy confirmed that the force now believes at least 79 people are dead or missing, presumed dead.

Following the tragedy, the NI Housing Executive carried out an inspection of its 32 tower blocks for fire safety. Hands cautioned that officials dont yet have exact details about the renovation that ended just a year ago.

Britain's trade minister says the exterior paneling used on the exterior of the London high-rise, in which dozens were killed in a fire, appears to have violated building rules.

He said the death toll could still change if anyone reported as missing was found alive, of if anyone was found in the ruined tower who had not been reported as missing. He asked anyone who was in the tower and survived to contact police immediately.

He said it had been "incredibly emotional working in there", adding: "On Saturday I went in myself and went to the top floor".

"Khan went on to call Wednesday's massive Grenfell Tower fire "a preventable accident that didn't need to happen" - and said the tragedy was "a outcome of the mistakes and neglect from politicians from the council and from the government".

On Saturday, British Prime Minister had said that she believed the official response to the fire was "not good enough". I can confirm that a 5 million pound ($6 million) emergency fund that I announced yesterday is now being distributed on the ground so people can buy clothes, food and other essentials.

So, the residents are saying that the final death toll could be much higher than the figure what British authorities are giving. "This is an absolutely bad fire that took place", May said.

"It is hard to escape a very somber national mood", the queen said in a statement to mark her official birthday - an occasion that typically does not result in any public comments from the monarch.

The package is also to include a commitment to ensure that all who lost their homes are re-housed as soon as possible near where they lived, temporary accommodation is paid for and that all victims are consulted during a public inquiry into the fire. On Friday, anger boiled over as people stormed Kensington & Chelsea Town Hall.

There has been a public outcry at the government's initial failure to provide up-to-the minute information. British officials have ordered a review of other buildings that have had similar renovations.

"The response of the emergency services, NHS and the community has been heroic". Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centers. Our focus has been on those that we know were in Grenfell Tower.

Some Grenfell residents had warned months ago fire safety issues at the tower meant that it was at risk of a "catastrophic" event.

In a report, BBC said the number could be around 70 people in total.

Vanessa Coleman

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