UK govt scrambles to limit fallout from London blaze

Virginia Carter
June 19, 2017

Grief over a high-rise tower blaze that killed dozens of p.

Railway tracks run in front of the charred remains of the Grenfell Tower block in Kensington, west London, on June 17, following the June 14 fire at the residential building.

Heartbreaking images show Father's Day cards left among tributes to the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

In this photo released by the Metropolitan Police on Sunday, June 18, 2017, a view of an apartment in the Grenfell Tower after fire engulfed the 24-storey building, in London.

He added that all political parties "need to ask serious questions about why recommendations in the past have not been implemented".

Anger boiled over on Friday as people stormed Kensington & Chelsea Town Hall.

Khan described the fire as a "preventable accident that didn't need to happen", adding that the "tragedy we're seeing is a effect of the mistakes and neglect from politicians from the council and from the government".

Experts believe the exterior cladding, which contained insulation, helped spread the flames quickly up the outside of the public housing tower early Wednesday morning. "There is also a real possibility that there may be people in the building that no one knows are missing", he added.

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May spent nearly an hour speaking to patients and staff at London's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

NHS England says the injured are being treated in four London hospitals. In her traditional birthday message, the 91-year-old monarch made a reference to the "succession of bad tragedies", a day after she paid a visit to people affected by the massive Grenfell Tower blaze in west London.

The queen and Philip stood silently before the start of the annual Trooping the Color procession that marks the queen's official birthday. In an interview on Saturday, May admitted that the government's response to the disaster was "not good enough" as she announced a fast-tracked public inquiry into the fire promised to provide increased aid to help survivors cope and find alternative housing. "On Saturday, I went in myself and went to the top floor". Officials warn that no further survivors are likely to be found.

The government has promised a full public inquiry, but that has done little to a sense of frustration and anger among residents and neighbours who demand answers for how the blaze spread so quickly and trapped so numerous tower's roughly 600 residents.

Construction for the building was completed in 1974 and it underwent a renovation that was completed in May 2016.

During Mrs May's visit, it was announced a £5m (€5.7m) fund would be made available to pay for emergency supplies, food, clothes and other costs.

The tragedy has provoked a huge response from nearby communities.

The emotional tributes could be seen nestled in amongst the growing number of flowers, candles and messages placed near Latymer Community Church on Sunday.

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