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London tower block fire death toll reaches 79

20 June 2017

Britain's Prince William meets firefighters during a visit to the Westway Sports Centre which is providing temporary shelter for those who have been made homeless by the fire at Grenfell Tower, in London, Friday June 16, 2017.

Of the 58, he said the number of confirmed fatalities in Wednesday's inferno remains at 30. He asked anyone who was in the tower and survived to contact police immediately.

Another shows the destruction caused to the lifts inside the 27-storey tower block, while one image captures a firefighter surveying the damage outside its entrance.

"I was in there myself and went all the way to the top floor and it is incredibly hard", he said, before pausing as tears welled up in his eyes.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Theresa May has been criticized for her slowness in visiting the victims of the fire - her visits took place more than 48 hours after the fire broke out - and refusal to answer questions about government oversights that might have increased the deadly nature of the blaze.

Funding: Announcing £5m of support late on Friday, rather than in her first visit, making the money look like a mere afterthought. "However, there may be other people who were in there on the night that others were not aware were there", he said.

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He said: "I'm positive because I think it was a real chance for local residents, people affected by this tragedy, to voice their concerns directly to the Prime Minister so that she could hear them".

Some 19 patients are still being treated in hospital, of whom 10 are in a critical condition, the National Health Service said.

Building regulations documents did not specifically say PE-core panels should not be used, but three industry experts interviewed by Reuters said that did not mean builders were clearly permitted to use them.

Officials are using dental records, fingerprints, DNA samples, tattoos and scars to try and positively identify victims.

Barwell had told lawmakers that the government meant to review fire safety standards following a fatal fire at Lakanal House, a London high-rise in 2009. The queen said it was "difficult to escape a very somber mood" on what is normally a day of celebration.

But public anger has been swelling, with furious residents heckling May and storming the local authority headquarters Friday. Wherever we can, we will bring people to justice if there is evidence.

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The government has promised a full public inquiry, but that has done little to ease a sense of frustration at the lack of information about how the fire moved so quickly to engulf the building. Some said they had never seen a building fire advance so quickly. British officials have ordered a review of other buildings that have had similar renovations.

The tragedy has provoked a huge response from nearby communities that have donated food and shelter to the victims. More than 3 million pounds have been raised for the victims.

While some have focussed on how the prime minister's mistakes have weakened her politically - coming so soon after a botched general election campaign - it is the impact on the bereaved, the survivors and the west London community that is the most important factor. Grenfell Tower was recently the subject of comprehensive renovation works, which were completed a year ago.

In the fire's aftermath, the London Underground on Saturday suspended subway service between Edgware Road and Hammersmith on two lines at the request of the London Fire Brigade.

"The fire at Grenfell Tower was an unimaginable tragedy for the community, and for our country".

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London tower block fire death toll reaches 79