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"We want justice": London inferno survivors protest council

19 June 2017

The fire forced residents to flee through black smoke down the single stairwell, jump out of windows or even drop their children from the building.

Commander Stuart Cundy said they had been able to remove the remains of only 12 victims from the building. Grief over a London high-rise tower fire that killed dozens turned to outrage Friday amid reports that the materials used in a r.

He said there may have been people in the tower that police are not aware of, which would add to the death toll.

British Prime Minister Theresa May faced mounting criticism on Friday for not meeting the survivors of a deadly London tower block blaze, ratcheting up the pressure as she tries to strike a deal to stay in power after a botched election gamble.

London police said an investigation, led by a detective from its homicide and major crime unit, would examine whether criminal offences had been committed although they said there was nothing to suggest the fire was started deliberately.

The more expensive Reynobond FR contains a fire-retardant mineral core and is said to guarantee higher resistance to fire compared with the Reynobond PE, which has a polyethylene, or plastic, core.

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"Mohammed undertook a unsafe journey to flee war and death in Syria, only to meet it here in the United Kingdom, in his own home", the Syrian Solidarity Campaign said in a statement.

Vanezis said the best chance to identify victims may be if firefighters find bits of teeth or bone, medical devices like pacemakers or artificial implants.

In her official birthday message a day later, the queen addressed the latest tragedy to hit the nation.

Planning documents detailing the recent refurbishment of the block did not refer to a type of fire barrier that safety experts said must be used when high-rise blocks are re-clad.

Earlier on Saturday, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip observed a moment of silence to honor the victims.

There is simmering anger in the multi-ethnic Kensington area hit by the blaze, and public fury has been directed at senior government figures, including Prime Minister Theresa May, when they visited the stricken area.

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Meanwhile, several hundred protesters stormed Kensington and Chelsea council town hall.

Witnesses have said exterior cladding on the tower block created a chimney effect, drawing flames up the building. British officials have ordered a review of other buildings that have had similar renovations.

Londoners and others have also donated huge amounts of food, water and clothing, and shelter, to survivors. More than 3 million pounds ($3.8 million) has been raised for the victims, and the British government has announced a 5 million-pound ($6.3 million) emergency fund.

Mr Khan said the local community was "frustrated" and "angry" in the wake of the blaze after he attended a church service near the tower block in west London.

A fire department spokesman said crews are working to secure the debris so that two subway lines could be reopened as soon as possible.

Some residents had warned months ago that the tower represented a risky fire risk. They say their complaints were ignored - and fear it was because the tower was full of poor people in a predominantly wealthy borough.

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