UK govt scrambles to limit fallout from London blaze

Fire victims in passionate talks with PM

Two British ministers said Sunday that the new exterior cladding used in a renovation on Grenfell Tower may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations.

A "Grenfell Fire Response Team", pooling resources from local and national government, the British Red Cross, police and fire brigade is also being set up, to focus primarily on finding new homes for survivors as quickly as possible.

But she sidestepped questions over whether she had failed to judge the public mood.

"We've always been advocates of automatic fire sprinkler protection in tall tower blocks and they work - people don't die in sprinkler buildings", he said.

It came after she met victims of the blaze at Downing Street, amid criticism she had not seen them in the immediate wake of the disaster.

Residents had raised concerns about the fire safety of the building prior to the blaze.

Protesters stand in the lobby of Kensington town hall in west London, the headquarters of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, demanding answers over the Grenfell Tower fire, in London, Friday June 16, 2017.

"I spent several hours yesterday talking to local residents around Grenfell Tower".

Two British ministers say the cladding used in a renovation of Grenfell Tower may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations.

Londoners directed more of their anger toward Prime Minister Theresa May, who they say did not visit victims soon enough, instead choosing to meet with fire crews and police.

Displaced residents of the tower and other protesters shouted, "Coward!" at May on Friday, shortly after she announced a fund of about $6.5 million for emergency supplies, food, clothes and other costs for the victims.

He also said: "As the mayor of London I will do my bit to be the advocate, to be the fighter, and to be the champion of these people".

"The residents of Grenfell Tower, families who have lost loved ones, and the emergency services who have been working so hard to help them have been through some of the most harrowing and traumatic experiences imaginable", Mrs May said. "My government will do whatever it takes to help those affected, get justice and keep our people safe", she said. Hundreds have been left homeless, putting more pressure on officials in a city plagued by a chronic housing shortage. Clement's Church near Grenfell Tower.

Two Underground lines near the fire area were partially shut down on Saturday to make sure that debris did not land on the tracks.

Anger flared in the Kensington community over the weekend - with many protests taking place across the capital - as some accused the authorities of withholding information and responding inadequately.

He says it may be necessary for numerous outmoded tower blocks built in the 1970s to be demolished because of safety concerns.

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