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Fire victims in passionate talks with PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet with survivors of the London high-rise fire at her Downing Street office.

There were jeers of "coward", "you're not wanted" and "shame on you" as she left a church under police escort near the charred and blackened tower in North Kensington.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan demanded that the government publish a list of other tower blocks checked by investigators. Exterior cladding that was added during a recent refurbishment might have played a part, local residents have said.

"They haven't got easy fire escapes, they've got no sprinklers, it's totally, totally unacceptable in Britain that this is allowed to happen and people lose their lives in this way".

Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building on Wednesday morning, Saturday, June 17, 2017.

"We are here today because you must look at that building with tears streaming down your face", one woman told the group as they neared the foot of the tower.

More than 20 police officers rushed into the town hall to restore order and mounted police were on stand-by.

"Everyone affected by this tragedy needs reassurance that the Government is there for them at this awful time - and that is what I am determined to provide".

She has promised those left homeless by the blaze would be rehoused locally within weeks, and the 5 million pound fund would pay for emergency supplies, food, clothes and other costs.

But accusations of a slow official response have heaped pressure on the premier, whose Conservative government remains in limbo after losing its parliamentary majority in last week's election.

Asked on Newsnight whether she had misjudged the public mood over the tragedy, she said: "This was a bad tragedy that took place".

Emergency workers walk on the roof of the fire-gutted Grenfell Tower in London on Friday.

The area surrounding the council-owned tower has been plastered by desperate relatives with pictures of the missing, from grandparents to young children, and large numbers of volunteers were assisting survivors.

"What I am now absolutely focused on is ensuring we get that support on the ground", she said.

With the death toll from a horrific fire at a London building rising to 30 and many residents still unaccounted for, there is palpable anger as people accuse the local authority of neglecting the safety of the poor in favour of policies favouring the interests of the rich. We are not stupid we are aware people are dead. "Just tell them!" said local resident Karen Brown, 36.

Some 19 people remain in four London hospitals, 10 of who are in critical conditions.

Mohammad Al-Hajali, 23, a refugee who fled Syria for the United Kingdom in 2014, was identified as another victim.

A second victim named Friday was Khadija Saye, a 24-year-old photographer who had exhibited at the Venice Biennale.

Trade Minister Greg Hands said the government is carrying out an "urgent inspection" of the roughly 2,500 similar tower blocks across Britain to assess their safety, while an opposition lawmaker urged the government to quickly secure documents in the Grenfell renovation for the criminal probe. But the government has been criticized for failing to act on recommendations from previous tower block fires.

Among the questions being asked are whether the owner of the building took any shortcuts in its use of construction materials, including the installation of external cladding, part of a renovation completed a year ago, that may have accelerated the fire's spread: It took only 15 minutes to take hold across the tower block.

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