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Theresa May offers support package for London fire victims

Theresa May offers support package for London fire victims

Emergency workers have reached the top of the 24-story tower, the AP reported.

Morocco said seven of its nationals were among the dead.

Cundy said the images and video of the scenes inside the Grenfell Tower would be released on Sunday, adding "We will not do that until we have contacted all the families we are supporting to let them know that's our intention".

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

Cundy said police had started a criminal investigation but there was nothing to suggest "that the fire had been started deliberately".

Police have said recovery process could take weeks, and warned some of the bodies may be too burned to be identified.

Victims, volunteers and community leaders from the Grenfell Tower fire travelled to Downing Street to meet the prime minister Theresa May on Saturday afternoon.

Earlier in the day, Scotland Yard expressed fears that all the victims of the massive fire may never be identified.

So, the residents are saying that the final death toll could be much higher than what British authorities are giving. Hours before the fund was announced, London's Mayor Sadiq Khan wrote an open letter to May over the perceived lack of government response.

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Asked repeatedly whether she had misread the public mood, May did not answer directly but said the focus was on providing support to the victims.

Hundreds have been left homeless by the blaze, putting more pressure on officials in a city plagued by a chronic housing shortage.

Angry protesters chanting "We want justice" stormed their way into the Kensington and Chelsea town hall on Friday.

The cause of the June 13th fire remains unclear, but safety experts point the finger at the building's new polyester-coated aluminum façade.

The public is also demanding answers about how the blaze spread so quickly amid reports that the recently-renovated building's exterior paneling fueled the flames.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid said inspections of similar buildings had been ordered, with particular attention to the modern cladding used to beautify and add insulation to ageing concrete and steel structures. More than three million pounds ($3.8m) have been raised for the affected families.

Many survivors are sleeping on the floor in community centers and there's still no coordinated distribution of donated food and clothing.

Two nearby Underground subway lines were partially shut down Saturday in the fire area to make sure that debris from the tower did not land on the tracks. Demonstrators gathered outside, protesting about several issues including the fire.


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