Moment of silence for London fire victims

Fire fighters tackling the building – more than 40 engines attended the scene

The number of people killed in the Grenfell Tower fire has risen to 79 - but that figure could still change, police say.

Five bodies have been identified, while many others are missing and presumed dead.

Police Commander Stuart Cundy gave the new figure during a statement outside Scotland Yard on Monday.

Much of the west London apartment block, home to hundreds of people, was ravaged by flames in the early hours of June 14.

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

Footage from inside the gutted building has been released, showing the extent of the damage caused by the blaze. "It is really hard to describe the devastation the fire caused".

He said his priority was to identify the people who died in the building and to remove them as quickly as possible.

He said it had been "incredibly emotional working in there".

The owner of Wing On Centre in Sheung Wan said it has hired a consultant to inspect the building's cladding after it was reported that it had the same material used on the ill-fated Grenfell Tower in the UK, Ming Pao Daily reports.

He would not be drawn on the specifics of the criminal investigation of the fire, including whether anyone had been arrested or raids carried out.

Cundy said that authorities were continuing to investigate whether any crimes had been committed in the fire. But I don't think anything prepared me for what I was going to see when I was in there.

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

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