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Protesters stand in the lobby of Kensington town hall in west London the headquarters of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea demanding answers over the Grenfell Tower fire in London Friday Grim search at London blaze site continues as anger mounts | SunStar
Melinda Barton | 20 June, 2017, 03:06

Days after a blaze tore through Grenfell Tower in London, the death toll continues to rise: City police announced Saturday that 58 people "are missing and we assumed likely to have died".

At least 30 people were killed in the fire at Grenfell Tower in the west London neighborhood of north Kensington.

"We've worked tirelessly to confirm the number of people who we believe were in the tower on the night and, at this time we can not assume they are safe and well", he said.

King also said that there are around 4,000 tower blocks in the United Kingdom without automatic fire sprinkler protection systems in place.

"I have always said I will be accurate about what I know, so the next figure of those presumed dead and missing will be released tomorrow, Monday 19 June".

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

The Grenfell Tower fire was a "preventable accident" caused by "years of neglect" by the local council and successive governments, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said yesterday.

One of the burned-out apartments inside London's Grenfell Tower.

Survivors of the building claimed the fatal fire resulted from a lack of maintenance to the tower. The building was gutted in a blaze early Wednesday morning that has also left dozens missing and hundreds of others homeless.

The tragedy has provoked a very big response from nearby communities that have donated food and shelter to the victim.

The MP called on the government to find and preserve all emails, meeting documents, correspondence with contractors, safety assessments, specifications and reports in order to withhold justice for the victims. British officials have ordered a review of other buildings that have had similar renovations.

"The reason we had to pause the search and recovery yesterday was for the safety of our staff".

Anger flared in the Kensington community over the weekend - with many protests taking place across the capital - as some accused the authorities of withholding information and responding inadequately.

"It will go to establish the answers of what happened in the fire and how it spread, it will look at the building itself, it will look at the refurbishment as well".

They say their complaints were ignored - and fear it was because the tower was full of poor people in a predominantly wealthy borough.