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London tower block inferno: What we know


On Friday fire crews again used water to damp down the charred building as they began a third day of picking through the tower's charred remains.

"We were looking for her to say that she is here with the community", Simon McDonald, who grew up in the area, told the Guardian. He said that 24 people were being treated in hospitals, including 12 in critical care.

London firefighters combed through the burned-out public housing tower Thursday in a grim search for missing people as police and the prime minister launched investigations into the deadly inferno, with pressure building on officials to explain the disaster and assure that similar buildings around the country are safe.

The devastating fire at London's Grenfell Tower has now claimed 30 lives, according to police.

The queen met locals on her way into the Westway Sports Center, which has been turned into a makeshift shelter after the blaze on Wednesday morning engulfed a 24-story tower block and killed at least 30 people. "What are you going to do about it?" a young boy asked as Mr Khan tried to stop tensions rising further. "Some survivors have also complained the government has been painfully slow to find them places to sleep".

May made a private visit to the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital which is treating eight survivors on Friday afternoon, after being heavily criticized for attending the site but not meeting the Tower block's residents.

The Prime Minister returned to Kensington shortly before 5pm on Friday for a meeting with survivors, residents, volunteers and community leaders at St Clements Church, close to the wreckage of the high-rise tower.

One of the victims was named as Mohammed Alhajali, a 23-year-old Syrian refugee, who came to Britain in 2014 with his brother.

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

Grenfell Tower residents had expressed a series of concerns to the local council, including the lack of sprinklers and the fact that it had a single staircase - a common feature of 1970s tower blocks.

The residential tower was built in 1974 and had been extensively refurbished in works that were completed previous year.

May announced £5 million, or $6.4 million, in aid to help victims of the Grenfell Tower fire pay for emergency supplies like food, clothing and other items.

Scotland Yard has launched a criminal inquiry into the fire as it has emerged that the type of cladding panels used on the building have been widely prohibited on tall structures in the US since 2012 because of its flammability.

It said the company that manufactured the cladding also made fire-resistant models that cost fractionally more than the standard version. "The bodies have been taken to a morgue, but more bodies remain in the building".

Earlier, the police launched a criminal inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire incident after it emerged that cladding, used on Grenfell Tower is banned in the USA, and that it would have cost just 5,000 pounds extra for the contractors to apply a fire-resistant version of panelling to the building, according to a report by the Independent.

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