Angry protests in wake of London fire

The cause of the fire is still unknown but "there is nothing to suggest the fire was started deliberately", London police said in a Friday statement.

Some later left the red-brick building near Kensington High Street, a luxury shopping district, but around 30 remained inside in a tense standoff with about 30 police officers and a dozen security guards.

The local authority, which owns the tower block where families rent their homes, says it is doing all it can to support the victims and to help the relief operation.

The Guardian newspaper reported that contractors installed a cheaper, less flame-resistant type of panelling in the renovation that ended in May 2016. "They have been left with nothing - no bank cards, no money, no means of caring for their children or relatives".

Meeting volunteers in front of tables stacked with donated goods, William discussed the tragedy with one, saying: "Things like that you never want to see". Britain's Press Association reported that some 70 people are still missing after the fire.

The move came after strong criticism from London's mayor, Sadiq Khan.

The package includes a guarantee to rehouse people as close as possible to where they previously lived - a poor neighbourhood surrounded by extreme wealth.

"They are fully aware of the true scale of this tragedy but can not comprehend why they are not being given more information".

She has pledged five million pounds of Government funding to be spent on emergency supplies, food and clothing for the victims. "We need to know exactly the number of people who were there during this tragedy".

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"I appreciate that the authorities want to be absolutely certain that any information is correct before it is issued publicly, and the fire brigade, police and coroner are doing a heroic job obtaining this information in extremely hard circumstances", Sadiq Khan said.

The prime minister was jeered when she visited the Kensington site on Friday, and protests were held in the city. Police were seen on stand-by not far away from the protesters.

The Metropolitan police have officially begun a criminal investigation into the fire.

Earlier on Saturday, Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip observed a minute of silence to honor the victims of the London high-rise fire.

Newly-appointed Indian-origin housing minister in the Department for Communities and Local Government, Alok Sharma, said, "Every single family will be rehoused in the local area". The group a year ago completed a 10 million pound ($12.8 million) renovation that included new outside insulating panels, double-glazed windows and a communal heating system. They essentially consist of two thin layers of aluminium sandwiched around a lightweight insulating material.

The material, which is banned from use on tall buildings in America and Germany, is £2 cheaper per square metre than an alternative made by the United States manufacturer known as Reynobond FR, or "fire resistant".

Moreover, there are allegations that the exterior of the building was re-clad with plastic material likely to have been a factor in the fire's rapid spread. It did not address the exact makeup of the panels.

This is an absolutely terrible fire that took place.

Families searching for their loved ones have blanketed the area near the tower with posters searching for answers, and sorrow is quickly turning to anger over whether recent building works were properly done.

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