79 people feared dead in London high-rise fire

People at an event during London Writers' Week 2016

79 people feared dead in London high-rise fire

Engineering experts and fire safety specialists believe the building's exterior cladding may have quickly fueled the blaze, overwhelming fire protection devices.

The group said: "In our meeting at Downing Street, we explained to the Prime Minister the anger of all residents towards the management of the estate over a long period of time, paving the way to this tragedy".

British media have reported that contractors installed a cheaper, less flame-resistant type of exterior paneling on the 24-story tower in a renovation that was completed just previous year.

The 1974 concrete building had recently been fitted with new insulation cladding. "We need to find out precisely what cladding was used and how it was attached".

The Labour leader made the call in the aftermath of last week's devastating blaze, which has so far claimed the lives of 79 people. It's an increase from the previous number of 58.

Britain held a moment of silence for the victims on Monday, with emergency service workers at the site of the fire bowing their heads in respect.

And just hours after the fire broke, Ms Lindsay desperately appealed for information of their whereabouts.

Police Commander Stuart Cundy says police will seek criminal prosecutions if the evidence warrants.

Separate inquiries have been ordered by the police and government, as the media published images on Monday of the charred remains inside the 24-storey Grenfell Tower. They feel they have been ignored because they are poor, he said.

Footage recorded from inside a fire engine making its way to the Grenfell Tower fire shows the shock and disbelief of firefighters as the scale of the blaze becomes apparent.

A photo released by the Metropolitan Police shows a view of an apartment in the Grenfell Tower, which was devastated by a fire last Wednesday.

The fire triggered both sorrow and outrage, as residents described the futility of their earlier attempts to have the building's safety issues addressed, particularly its fire escape plan. She also said she will receive daily reports from the stricken neighborhood.

In addition, British health authorities will provide long-term bereavement counselling for those who lost loved ones in the tragedy.

The first victim to be formally identified was Mohammed Alhajali, a 23-year-old Syrian refugee, who came to Britain in 2014 with his brother.

The U.K. was already reeling from the bombing and mass stabbing, respectively, before this week's building inferno.

Some 58 people are now feared dead in the Grenfell Tower fire in west London, according to British police, APA reports quoting Anadolu. He says trust in the authorities is "falling through the floor".

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