Commander of the Metropolitan Police Stuart Cundy said in a statement that a recovery operation, which was briefly suspended for security reasons, had been resumed and family liaison officers were dealing with 52 families.
Families of the victims and residents of Grenfell said they were furious that the local government had for years ignored their complaints about the building’s lack of measures in case of fire and had not adequately attended to survivors of the blaze.
Demonstrators hold up banners during a march in North Kensington on Friday, the same day The Guardian reported that contractors installed a cheaper, less flame-resistant type of panelling than what was available during a renovation that ended in May 2016.
The upper floors of Grenfell Tower sustained significant damage, he says, and “the sad reality is that this work will take some time, stretching into many, many weeks”.
“This is an absolutely terrible fire that took place”.
Protesters sit down in Oxford Circus during a rally calling for justice for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire on June 16.
West London film producer Nisha Parti, who has been helping victims, said the cash is being given to those checking into hotels in the wake of Wednesday’s horrific blaze.
Mrs May, who has since ordered more boots on the ground at the scene, is said to have “welled up” after hearing harrowing accounts from people caught up in the fire. Cundy stopped short of suggesting what crimes exactly they were looking into, but he did assert that there was “nothing to suggest the fire was started deliberately”.
May herself had come in for a barrage of criticism for failing to visit residents and her response to the disaster.
Engineering experts and fire safety specialists believe the building’s exterior cladding may have quickly fueled the blaze, overwhelming fire protection devices.
The tragedy has provoked a huge response from nearby communities that have donated food and shelter to the victims. May said the government would spend £5 million for clothes, food and emergency supplies to the victims.
Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centers. “My commitment to families is that as soon as we can, we will locate and recover their loved ones”, Cundy said.
King also said that there are around 4,000 tower blocks in the United Kingdom without automatic fire sprinkler protection systems in place.
The Council says it will cooperate “in full” with the government’s inquiry.
Two nearby Underground lines were partially shut down Saturday in the fire area to make sure that debris did not land on the tracks.