Grieving brother, son seeks answers on missing family following London fire tragedy

Still, the political fallout from the tragedy intensified as Members of Parliament demanded to know why fire safety standards at the tower had not been more rigorous.

Asked if the death toll could climb to triple figures, he said: "From a personal perspective, I really hope it isn't".

Following the tragic events caused by the blaze in Grenfell Tower the Minister for Housing, Samantha Sacramento requested a complete fire safety review of the high rise buildings of the Government's housing stock. As one local vicar told me: "I haven't seen a single ego all day". But the focus has turned to renovations completed a year ago that added decorative touches to the building.

Questions have been raised about why the fire spread so quickly and whether the advice given to residents was correct - they were told to stay put and wait to be rescued.

MBIE said a tightening of cladding rules in January had not banned combustible aluminium cladding per se but its application had been controlled, "and combustibility is one factor".

Emergency accommodation had been provided to 44 households affected by the fire.

But Mr Corbyn went far further, telling MPs yesterday: "Kensington is a tale of two cities - it is among the wealthiest parts of this country but the ward where this took place is one of the poorest..."

"We need to know what happened". How can this happen in the U.K.in 2017? "It's staggering. It looks to me it could have been prevented".

Construction and fire experts fear cladding applied to Grenfell Tower may have been instrumental in spreading the fire. Giving urgency to the quest for answers is the fact that other buildings in Britain and throughout the world use similar materials.

Grenfell Tower is located in Kensington and Chelsea, statistically the richest neighbourhood in the country, but with the most pronounced wealth disparities.

Rising among the stylish town houses that define west London prosperity, the charred remains of Grenfell Tower on the edges of Notting Hill now serve as an ominous reminder of the British capital's vast disparities. Oh my goodness, it spread so quickly. "If it's compromised, something else has to be done, " he said.

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The company that handled the rehab project, Rydon, said in a statement that it had satisfied all required building regulations.

James said previously tall buildings with sprinklers had no restrictions on the type of cladding that was used. But it is also suspected that it made the fire harder to contain in the crucial first hour.

"This will be a slow and painstaking process which will require a large amount of shoring-up work inside the building, especially on the upper floors, which will be the most challenging for us to access and search".

The tower, built in 1974 in North Kensington, an area of west London, contained 120 flats and was thought to have been home to about 600 people.

When the panels are installed in a continuous row without fire breaks, it can provide an air space that acts like a chimney linking the bottom floors to the top.

The safety of cladding has been a concern in Britain since at least 2000, when a parliamentary report investigated the 1999 death of a man in a 14-storey apartment block in Irvine in Scotland.

The cladding is so unsafe, it's approved in Australia only for interior use or in low-rise buildings, The Guardian reported.

The Grenfell Action Group (GAG) and residents have been warning of the risk of a serious fire at the flats for more than a decade.

In contrast, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was cheered after visiting a nearby church and meeting residents and volunteers helping out, with locals shouting "thank you for coming".

In parliament, the government's fire and housing ministers said other tower blocks which were also recently refurbished would be assessed.

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