Theresa May takes cover from crowds on Grenfell Tower visit

British Prime Minister Theresa May, facing criticism for the government's handling of the disaster, met Saturday with 15 fire survivors invited to her official residence at 10 Downing Street. The group left after a meeting that lasted more than two hours but did not speak to reporters gathered outside.

Theresa May has announced a package of measures to help the families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, including £5m of cash handouts to be distributed to residents, but appeared to row back on an earlier commitment to rehouse people in the local area. They say their complaints were ignored. All the rest are homeless.

Following the meeting, May issued in a statement in which she acknowledged that "support on the ground for families that needed help or basic information in the initial hours after this appalling disaster was not good enough".

Commander Stuart Cundy said they had been able to remove the remains of only 12 victims from the building. He says it will take weeks or longer to recover and identify all the dead at the building.

SAFETY assurances have been offered to residents of Newport tower blocks following the devastating fire in London earlier this week.

He said the government is carrying out an "urgent inspection" of other tower blocks in Britain to assess safety. A new sign was put up, removing that detail.

While the deadly blaze at the Grenfell Tower in north Kensington has prompted an outpouring of generosity, it has also unleashed fury at the authorities as the charred tower was cast as a deadly symbol of a divided society.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Major roads near the stricken building were open Saturday.

"People are terrified that the same thing could happen to them", Khan wrote in the letter.

The government has promised a full public inquiry, but that has done little to ease a sense of frustration at the lack of information about how the fire moved so quickly to engulf the building. They also expressed anger that the prime minister did not meet with survivors or victims of the fire when she initially visited the neighborhood following the tragedy. The Hammersmith and City line, which runs along the same track and stops in that part of west London, was also partially suspended. The death toll is expected to rise with dozens still missing.

The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, stood silently on the steps of Buckingham Palace before the start of the Trooping the Color that each year marks the queen's official birthday, which is traditionally celebrated in June when the weather is warm.

"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", she said in a message marking the event.

At least 30 people have died in Wednesday's fire and dozens are missing.

NHS England says the injured are being treated in four London hospitals.

Firefighters desperately tried to go deeper into the Grenfell Tower inferno, risking their lives in a quest to save others, the Mirror can reveal.

The fire at the 24-story building has led to community anger and protests over the British government's response.

Meanwhile, authorities in the United Kingdom investigating the Grenfell Tower inferno should consider the design of the building's entire exterior refurbishment rather than individual components, a company said.

A separate protest was held at Westminster, central London, on Friday evening. More than 3 million pounds ($5.1 million) have been raised for the victims.

Many are demanding answers for how the blaze spread so quickly.

"We've worked tirelessly to establish how many people we believe were in Grenfell Tower on the night and at this point in time we are unable to say that they are safe or well", he said.

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