79 now believed to have died in London high-rise fire

79 now believed to have died in London high-rise fire

He told reporters the "awful reality" was that it might not be possible to identify all the victims.

Cundy said the "complex" and "exhaustive" inquiry will focus on a range of issues including how the building was constructed, a recent refurbishment of it, how it is managed and maintained and fire safety measures.

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

Police Commander Stuart Cundy gave the new figure during a statement outside Scotland Yard on Monday.

"The Brigade advised that a section of track be temporarily closed due to the short term risk of some debris from the tower falling onto the track", a London Fire Brigade spokeswoman said.

The police chief, who went inside the charred shell of the high-rise tower over the weekend, told reporters: "I've investigated major crime for most of my service and I've seen some bad things but I don't think anything prepared me for what I was going to see when I was in there".

1 dead in crash near London mosque suspected as terrorism
She said on Saturday the response to the fire, in which at least 58 people were killed on Wednesday, had been "not good enough". The group's general secretary, Harun Khan, said that eyewitnesses saw the van driver hit a number of Muslims.

The fire broke out at west London's 24-storey apartment block, which contained 120 one and two-bedroom flats, early on Wednesday morning.

A senior United Kingdom government minister said Sunday that he believed the cladding is banned in Britain for buildings above a certain height.

He said that authorities were continuing to investigate whether any crimes had been committed in the inferno.

Britain held a moment of silence for the victims on Monday, with emergency service workers bowing their heads in respect.

Both May and her ministers have said they will do all they can to help those left homeless after the blaze and make sure other high-rise buildings, usually home to poorer people, are checked and safe.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, criticized shortly after the blaze for failing to meet with victims, says the public inquiry looking into the tragedy will report directly to her.

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