London Mayor Admits Fire Caused by 'Mistakes and Neglect'

Police said on Saturday that at least 58 people had been confirmed or were assumed to have died in this week's blaze at the Grenfell Tower block. The death toll is expected to rise with dozens still missing.

Fire safety experts believe that cladding put on the building's exterior during a renovation past year was less fire retardant, which may have fueled the blaze.

He said it will take "weeks or longer" to recover and identify all the dead in the social housing building that was left charred and gutted by the devastating blaze. The meeting is unlikely to quell complaints that May has been slow to reach out to victims, despite her announcement of a $6.4 million emergency fund to help the displaced families.

"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. Some observers asked whether hazards in the Grenfell complex, which had 120 apartments that housed as many as 600 people, were ignored because its residents are mainly poor.

Downing Street has promised to do "what is required" to safeguard life - including evacuating the buildings, reports the Telegraph.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth meets firefighters near the scene of the the fire that destroyed the Grenfell Tower block, in north Kensington, West London, Britain June 16, 2017.

Ms May says she "spoke with people who ran from the fire in only the clothes they were wearing".

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One of her closest allies, Damian Green, defended May's seemingly aloof response to the tragedy. "I have heard the concerns and I have ordered immediate action across the board to help victims' relatives and the survivors", she said.

"We're all desperately sad, we're all angry, but of course none of us as angry as those who were directly affected, " Green said.

"The council's response will be published online, however I request all of us to stay put until we get a firm response from the council on their commitments".

Questions have also been raised over why there was no sprinkler system in the tower which could have helped stop the fire spreading, or a central smoke alarm system that would have woken sleeping residents. Earlier in the day, the 91-year-old monarch described the country's mood as "somber" but insisted that Britain remained resolute during a hard time. Before that, Britons had been hit with three terrorist attacks in less than three months, in London and Manchester.

"It is hard to escape a very somber national mood", Elizabeth said in a message. "The country has witnessed a succession of awful tragedies".

"This should not be happening in the United Kingdom, this should never happen".

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