May offers 5-mn-pound support package for London fire victims

Britain has held a moment of silence for the 79 people who are believed to have died in the high-rise fire in West London.

There were about 600 people living in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower when fire swept through most of the building in the early hours of 14 June.

In other developments, a company that renovated the tower denied that cladding on the building was banned in the United Kingdom after comments made by Chancellor Philip Hammond. There are also concerns that the addition of the panels to the outside of the building created a "chimney effect" sending flames up the outside of the building, spreading the fire faster.

Mr Cundy said on Sunday that the death toll of 58 was based on reports from the public - including 30 deaths that already have been confirmed, and reports of people who are missing and presumed to have been killed.

On the figure of 58, he said: "I really hope it won't, but it may increase", and "it might be that some of those are safe and well" but for some reason had not yet made themselves known to the police.

Cundy said efforts to trace missing people had led him to believe that the number could be higher.

Cundy said the search and recovery operation was ongoing in the burnt-out 24-storey tower, which was built in 1974 and had received a major refurbishment that was completed past year.

More than 250 firefighters were called to tackle the blaze, which London Fire commissioner Dany Cotton described as "truly disgusting and shocking" for the level of devastation it caused.


The investigation into the fire will span a "wide range of areas", Cundy said, from its original construction, to the refurbishment and how it has been managed and maintained.

The Grenfell Tower disaster is now the deadliest fire in mainland Britain since they started keeping close records at the start of the 20th century, European researchers stated yesterday.

The measures were announced following the second meeting of the Grenfell Tower Recovery Taskforce, chaired by British Prime Minister Theresa May.

"People raised these concerns, people were expressing issues regarding the safety and unsafe living conditions", said Lancaster West Residents Association chairwoman Olesea Matcovschi.

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

Hammond said that will be a focus of the inquiry and investigation.

There are also 78 families who have been assessed and are on course to be placed in properties that are local or in the neighbouring borough by the end of the day.


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