UK: London tower may have used banned siding in renovation

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

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

The fire has also been transformed into a symbol of class inequality - the Grenfell Tower's charred remains stand high above one of the British capital's wealthiest neighborhoods.

"All I can say is to my certain knowledge the council, councillors, volunteers, community groups, officers of the council, have been present in North Kensington since very soon after they were notified that the fire had started".

"Normally an inquest will only take place at the end of the criminal investigation, so the idea of an inquiry is important because that can, in some circumstances, happen much more quickly and I think speed is of the essence here". "It is our fault, '" Emily Maitlis said to May in an interview.

"I've heard stories of heroism, from Christians, from Muslims and from others, looking after their brothers and sisters, their neighbours and doing the job that we expect from this brilliant community because of the fantastic community that is here in this part of London".

May has been criticised from within her own Conservative Party over her response and she pledged to hold a public inquiry into the incident.

Aluminium composite panels are used to add insulation and to make a building more attractive, and consist of two metal panels sandwiching an inner material such as polyethylene, which was reportedly the case at Grenfell Tower.

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He said the situation has become an emergency and that "all assets" should be brought to the table.

The Government has announced a minute's silence to remember those who lost their lives and all those affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower.

Families who have lost their homes must be supported, he said, grieving people must be helped and lessons must be learned following the tragedy, including ensuring it is not "so hard" for those who need help to find it.

Theresa May admitted last night that the official response to the Grenfell Tower catastrophe "was not good enough".

As police continued their investigation into the inferno that killed at least 58 people, Trade Minister Greg Hands said the Government was carrying out an "urgent inspection" of the roughly 2500 similar tower blocks across Britain to assess their safety.

It is feared many are trapped inside the blazing building as the fire broke out in the wee hours of Wednesday.

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Hands and Treasury chief Philip Hammond said in separate TV appearances that the cladding used on Grenfell seems to be prohibited by British regulations. Hands cautioned that officials don't yet have exact details about the renovation that ended just a year ago.

Greg Hands told Sky News that "my understanding is that the cladding that was reported was not in accordance with United Kingdom building regulations".

The MP called on the government to find and preserve all emails, meeting documents, correspondence with contractors, safety assessments, specifications and reports in order to withhold justice for the victims. "We need to know exactly the number of people who were there during this tragedy".

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

Homeless Grenfell Tower victims will receive at least £5500 ($9670) in a Government payout, the Sun reports.

"We must also prepare people for the awful reality that some people may not be identified due to the intensity of the fire", Commander Cundy added, stating that number of people missing and presumed dead will continue to rise.

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NHS England said 18 patients remain in hospital after the fire, including nine who are in critical care. More than 3 million pounds ($3.8 million) have been raised for the victims, and the British government has announced a 5 million-pound ($6.3 million) emergency fund.

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