London fire: Number of dead and missing rises to 79, police say

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

The British government on Sunday vowed to act on any recommendations from an inquest into the a fire that consumed a 24-story high-rise tower in the west of London and killed at least 58 people. Although police did not speculate on the eventual number of fatalities, local community sources say at least 70 from Grenfell Tower are still missing, including entire families.

The queen marked her official birthday Saturday by saying Britain remains "resolute in the face of adversity" after the horrendous fire and recent extremist attacks in London and Manchester. Why are we behaving like this is Victorian England where charity steps in, people step in, but we don't have local government able to co-ordinate.

Engineering experts and fire safety specialists believe the building's exterior cladding may have quickly fueled the blaze, overwhelming fire protection devices.

He said it had been "incredibly emotional working in there. It will also be a subject that the criminal investigation will be looking at", he said.

He said that number could change should further information come to light.

Morocco said seven of its nationals were among the dead.

Other measures outlined by Prime Minister Theresa May following a meeting with residents at Downing Street on Saturday, included more staff covering phone lines and ground staff wearing high-visibility clothing so they could be easily found. Demonstrators gathered outside, protesting about several issues including the fire.

It comes after Mr Paget-Brown met the Prime Minister and Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on Friday.

European researchers say that the Grenfell Tower disaster is now the deadliest fire in mainland Britain since they started keeping close records at the start of the 20th century.

Families who have lost their homes must be supported, he said, grieving people must be helped and lessons must be learned following the tragedy, including ensuring it is not "so hard" for those who need help to find it.

Mrs May has promised a public inquiry into the catastrophe, and also pledged £5 million (Dh23.5m) of support, housing guarantees and help with access to bank accounts and cash.

But Mark Cripps, a spokesman for Municipal Affairs Minister Bill Mauro, said the Ontario Building Code also stipulates that if "combustible cladding" is used on a building over three storeys, the structure must be equipped with automatic sprinkler protection.

The UK Press Association reported that 17 people are still being treated in London hospitals, of whom nine remained in critical care on Monday. Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centres.

The fire forced residents to flee through black smoke down the single stairwell, jump out of windows or even drop their children from the 120-apartment building.

"Mohammad was a very unbelievable and kind person". Stuart Cundy said in a statement.

His family said in a statement that Alhajali "came to the United Kingdom because he had ambitions and aims for his life and for his family". "Our whole family will miss Mohammad dearly and he will never be forgotten".

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