Thirty confirmed dead in Grenfell Tower blaze as fury grows among survivors

Twenty-four people are still receiving treatment in hospitals across London and 12 remain in a critical condition, according to the authorities.

Meanwhile, Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy responded to speculation that the number of dead could exceed 100, saying: "From a personal perspective, I really hope it isn't".

London Fire Brigade chief Dany Cotton said firefighters were not able to access all the apartments in the tower because of structural safety concerns.

Emergency services are to spend a third day searching for bodies in the burnt-out Grenfell Tower in North Kensington. They previously estimated the figure to be 30.

"There will be many questions about this whole incident and so you will appreciate that it would not be appropriate for us to comment or for others to speculate on any aspect of fire, or it causes, in advance of these inquiries", managing director Ray Bailey said.

"Sadly at this time there are 58 people who we were told were in the tower on the night that are missing and therefore sadly I have to assume they are dead". An emergency number has also been established for friends and family who are anxious for loved ones, known to be residents in the building. As an absolute priority, what we are all doing is, as quickly and with as much dignity as we can, recovering those that are still inside.

"They have been left with nothing - no bank cards, no money, no means of caring for their children or relatives", the prime minister said in a statement Friday.


Mr Cundy also appealed to anyone who may have escaped from the building, but has not yet come forward, to make themselves known to police.

Aluminium composite panels have been used to cover the outside of buildings for more than 40 years.

Twenty-three-year-old Mohammad Alhajali was just one of dozens of people believed to have lost their lives in the inferno.

And he vowed to prosecute people "if there is evidence".

A criminal investigation led by a senior detective from Scotland Yard's homicide and major crime command is under way with calls for "corporate manslaughter" arrests to be made. It will be wide ranging.

Their teams were forced to leave the 24-storey building yesterday afternoon when the fire restarted, delaying further the efforts to reach upper floors - where many victims are thought to have been trapped.

Hundreds also stormed the Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall on Friday evening, chanting "Theresa May must go", and in front of the Home Office, where signs contained messages like "Justice for Grenfell" and "Homes for people not profit".


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