Police launch criminal probe into Grenfell Tower fire

Water is sprayed on Grenfell Tower by fire crews

Water is sprayed on Grenfell Tower by fire crews

"There is a risk that sadly we may not be able to identify everybody", he said, adding that he hoped the death toll will not hit "triple figures".

Minutes from an emergency residents' meeting held on 17 March 2015 show that more than 100 people living in the block produced a long list of issues about the refurbishment.

Meanwhile, the police have said that some of the dead, from the devastating blaze may never be identified, as officers warned that the painful process of retrieving the victims could take months.

Thirty people are being treated at area hospitals, with 15 in critical condition, officials said. Firefighters should deal with the blaze and rescue anyone in danger.

"What we need to do is to ensure that this bad tragedy is properly investigated", May said about reports of poor fire safety at the tower.

The UK government has promised that all those left homeless by the disaster will be rehoused in the local area.

"There is no lack of volunteers or of offers to help - just lack of coordination and organisation".

Past year the tower underwent a £9m refurbishment, carried out by Rydon, for Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation on behalf of the council.

The anger among residents is palpable.

In support centres and at the scene of the fire, the anger and frustration of residents began to bubble over.

"No one knows if it's cladding or one of the other alterations", he said. Residents there say there had been numerous warnings about the safety of the building, which recently underwent an exterior refurbishment costing some US$11.1 million.

"I can confirm that a £5m emergency fund that I announced yesterday is now being distributed on the ground so people can buy clothes, food and other essentials". Usually there is a gap between the cladding and the building, and if flames get caught in the gap, they will stretch out seeking fuel and oxygen. We're being neglected and ignored.

On Saturday, May received more than a dozen victims at her ministerial residence - 10 Downing Street.

Barwell had told lawmakers that the government meant to review fire safety standards following a fatal fire at Lakanal House, a London high-rise in 2009.

Scuffles broke out near the Kensington and Chelsea town hall offices Friday as demonstrators chanting "We want justice!" surged toward the doors.

But this government is already so fragile, facing pressure on many fronts, the PM still reeling from the election result only a week ago.

The aluminum panels don't cause the fires, but if they are made of flammable material - the insulation is often suspected of playing a role - it can serve to spread the flames.

The Tories blocked recommendations from coroner's reports into two tower block fires in London and Southampton in 2009 that included proposals to have information for firefighters on site about complex tower blocks, to encourage the wider use of sprinkler systems and a review of fire safety regulations.

At least 30 people were killed in the fire at Grenfell Tower in the west London neighborhood of north Kensington.

But on the streets around the charred carcass of the tower on Thursday there was palpable anger as people accused the local authority of neglecting the safety and wellbeing of the poor in favour of policies favouring the interests of the rich. However, Labour is implicated just as much as the Tories in the horrific deaths at Grenfell and in other fires.

Under the U.S. building code, the use of metal composite panels without a fire-retardant core has been banned since 2012 on buildings over 50ft (15 metres) tall in various circumstances - including where exterior walls are required to have a fire-resistance rating, as well as in restaurants, care homes, hospitals and concert halls. "This created an air channel that contributed to the rapid upward spread of fire".

Most of London's borough councils are Labour-run.

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