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London police: 58 people assumed dead in Grenfell Tower fire

Stacy Diaz | 20 June, 2017, 02:37

Police presume 58 people have died but have warned the figure could grow.

Cundy said there may have been other people in the tower who police are not aware of, and that could increase the death toll.

Cundy said the search was paused over safety concerns Friday, but has since resumed.

Rescue personnel have had difficulty reaching the top floors of the charred, 24-story tower.

The London Fire Brigade confirmed it had requested the lines be temporarily closed because of a "short-term risk of some debris falling on to the tracks".

Grenfell Tower is a public housing project owned by the local government council and managed by a non-profit known as the Kensington and Chelsea Tenants Management Organization.

A resident in a nearby building watches smoke rise from a building on fire in London, Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

London has a chronic housing shortage even in the best of times, and those left homeless by the fire - already angry over what they see as government inequity and incompetence - fear being forced out of the British capital.

Most major cities with many high-rise buildings have detailed building codes and fire safety rules requiring several layers of protections in tall buildings.

Emergency services are continuing to search for bodies in the now burnt-out building.

The Prime Minister came under fire as she visited victims of the tragedy and was heckled as she left.

"This was a awful tragedy that took place".

In contrast, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was pictured with those who have lost their homes and neighbours in Tuesday night's fire.

Public anger is mounting as residents and neighbors demand answers for how the blaze early Wednesday spread so quickly and trapped so numerous tower's 600-odd residents.

Dozens are still missing.

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip have observed a minute of silence to honor the victims of the London high-rise fire.

"Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity", she wrote".

The queen's official birthday is marked in June when the weather is often nicer than in April, the actual month of her birth.

NHS England says the injured are being treated in four London hospitals.

Grenfell Tower pictured the day after dozens were killed in devastating fire What do we know so far about the fire and victims?

The meeting on Saturday comes amid criticism levelled at Mrs May for not meeting those caught up in the fire in the immediate aftermath of the disaster.

More than 70 people reportedly remain unaccounted for, and many of those protesting Friday were demanding the return of their loved ones' remains.

'We are now looking to source interim accommodation for those Grenfell Tower residents and also trying to assist, where possible, elderly and vulnerable residents from surrounding areas who have been unable to return to their homes due to the safety cordon'.

The tragedy has provoked a huge response from nearby communities. The group previous year completed a 10 million pound ($12.8 million) renovation that included new outside insulation panels, double-paned windows and a communal heating system.

REUTERS/Peter Nicholls Protesters close to Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building on Wednesday morning.

The identification of the victims is proving very hard - which experts attribute to the extreme heat of the fire. "This year, however, it is hard to escape a very somber national mood".