Dead, missing toll in London fire rises to 79, police say

Dead, missing toll in London fire rises to 79, police say

Update 10.49am: The death toll from the Grenfell Tower fire has risen to 79, police said.

The Met Police has released images of these "indescribable" conditions, which show the true scale of the blaze that claimed so many lives.

The new number may change as the investigation continues, Cundy said.

"The bad reality is, as I've said before, is that due to the intensity of the fire and the devastation within Grenfell Tower that we may not be able to identify everybody that died", he said.

Some families have lost more than one member, he added.

The Commander went on to warn that some victims may never be identified "due to the intensity of the fire".

Footage from inside the gutted building has been released, showing the extent of the damage caused by the blaze.

"The search operation will be painstaking and having been in there myself it's really hard to describe the devastation that the fire has caused".

He said it had been "incredibly emotional working in there". Cundy also said that 5 people who had originally been reported as missing were found safe and well following the blaze at Grenfell Tower.

Mr Cundy said: "Sadly, as of this morning, I am afraid to say there are now 79 people who we believe are now dead or missing and we have to presume they are dead".

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

"What is important for me is to find answers for those families who have been directly affected".

Emergency services have been faced with scenes of utter destruction inside London's Grenfell Tower following massive fire.

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