London tower fire: 79 now feared dead

A minute's silence will be held to remember the victims of the Grenfell tragedy

A minute's silence will be held to remember the victims of the Grenfell tragedy

London's Metropolitan Police confirmed Friday that at least 30 people died in this week's fire which swept through a residential tower block in west London.

If that death toll is confirmed, it would make the Grenfell Tower blaze the deadliest in London since World War Two.

A resident in a nearby building watches smoke rise from a building on fire in London, Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Cladding was added during the recent renovations.

"It was a death trap, and they knew it", one person shouted as demonstrators surged inside the offices of the Kensington and Chelsea council, responsible for managing the social housing block in a working-class enclave of one of Britain's richest districts.

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

Mayor Sadiq Khan was confronted by an angry young boy demanding answers to why a fire broke out in Grenfell Tower.

Previously, the Metropolitan Police had confirmed 30 people had been killed in the inferno; the announcement Saturday almost doubles that number.

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

"Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity".

At least 58 people are dead - or missing, presumed dead - following the blaze early on Wednesday.

Told there was a need for the public to hear her say something had gone badly wrong and the Government accepted responsibility, Mrs May said: "Something bad has happened". Twenty-four injured survivors are still being treated, 12 of them in critical care.

May was criticised for not speaking to Grenfell Tower residents on her first visit following the blaze.

Meanwhile, fury has grown in the local community at what people say is a slow response from authorities and a failure to inform families and friends about the fate of loved ones.

Londoners and others have also donated huge amounts of food, water and clothing, and shelter, to survivors.

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More than £2.8m has been donated in total for the victims' fund and Theresa May has pledged £5m in emergency funds.

Some Grenfell Tower fire survivors have been given just £10 a day to live on by the council, Kensington's MP said. The local authority, which owns the tower block where families rented their homes, says it is doing all it can to support the victims and to help the relief operation.

In contrast, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was pictured with those who have lost their homes and neighbours in Tuesday night's fire. This year, however, it is very hard to escape a very sombre national mood.

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