Grenfell Tower: 79 presumed dead in London fire

Death toll in London tower block fire rises to 79: police

Death toll in London tower block fire rises to 79: police

On Wednesday last week, a horrific fire ripped through a 24-storey residential tower in west London.

The toll of those dead or missing in the Grenfell Tower fire in London now stands at 79, police say.

"It's hard to describe the devastation the fire has caused", Cundy said, fighting back tears as he spoke.

Police are still looking for images or video to help establish how the fire started and how it spread, but Cundy said the investigation is exhaustive and far-reaching in a number of areas.

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Met Police Commander Stuart Cundy confirmed the figure in a statement on Monday, adding it may still change.

He told reporters the "awful reality" was that it might not be possible to identify all the victims.

He also said that five people who were reported missing had now been found safe and well.

"I believe there may be people who were in Grenfell Tower that people may not know are missing and may not have realised they were in there on the night", he said.

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Numerous families that were affected lost more than one relative, said Mr Cundy, adding that his "heart went out to them".

He said it had been "incredibly emotional working in there". Cundy added that authorities are investigating whether any crimes had been committed in the fire.

"It's hard to describe my feelings, because I can not imagine, and I would not want to put myself in the position of those families who have lost their loved ones".

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

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