UK official: Fire building materials broke rules

Grenfell residents in ‘passionate angry’ exchanges with PM at Downing Street

Appearing on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Mr Hammond said: "My understanding is the cladding in question, this flammable cladding which is banned in Europe and the United States, is also banned here".

Investigators probing the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed at least 30 people and possibly dozens more, are looking at whether an exterior cladding recently installed during renovations on the West London residential building allowed the fire to leap to other floors.

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

"When an existing building is undergoing a renovation, upgraded fire safety measures may be required depending on the type of insulation and cladding proposed as part of the renovation", he said.

The cause of Wednesday's blaze is still under investigation, but anger has mounted in the community amid reports that exterior paneling used in an extensive renovation completed a year ago may have been banned by United Kingdom rules.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Sunday after attending a church service several blocks from the tower that the fatal blaze was entirely preventable.

Speaking outside St Clement's Church, Mr Khan said: "There is a feeling from the community that they have been treated badly because some of them are poor".

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

Labour Party lawmaker David Lammy said that the government and the police should immediately seize all documents relating to the building's renovation to prevent the destruction of evidence that could show criminal wrongdoing.

David Lammy said Sunday he is anxious that documents will be quietly deleted and disposed of as police begin a search for evidence.

"The prime minister needs to act immediately to ensure that all evidence is protected so that everyone culpable for what happened at Grenfell Tower is held to account and feels the full force of the law", Lammy said.

Releasing the first images from inside the burnt-out building, Commander Stuart Cundy said some of the victims may never be identified.

His remarks came as Nick Paget-Brown, the Tory leader of Kensington and Chelsea council, insisted officials were on the ground "very soon" after the fire broke out following criticism from Mrs May, who said the support given to residents was "not good enough". Attention has focused on materials used during the renovation process completed previous year. He said there are roughly 2,500 similar apartment towers throughout Britain.

He told ITV: "Occupy it, compulsory purchase it, requisition it - there's a lot of things you can do".

"In an emergency, you have to bring all assets to the table in order to deal with that crisis and that's what I think we should be doing in this case".

Jeremy Corbyn has renewed calls for luxury empty properties in Kensington to be taken over by the Government to house victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. At least 58 people are believed to have died in the blaze.

British officials say they are helping the Syrian family of the first officially confirmed victim of the London tower blaze to come to Britain.

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".

Police also said that the number of people missing and assumed dead had risen from the previously official toll of 58.

An older photo from the Grenfell Tower fire site shows firemen examining the gutted building.

Other victims have been named by their families.

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