London fire toll hits 30, but dozens missing

London mayor Sadiq Khan has said that tower blocks in the city built during the 1960s and 1970s could be torn down following the Grenfell Tower fire.

Around a hundred people entered the town hall, and were held back by police and council officials. The speed with which the fire spread shocked experts and its heavy black smoke forced many in the tower's 120 apartments to stay inside and wait for help.

Firefighters searching the smoldering ruin in west London have recovered six bodies from the 24-story Grenfell Tower, while 11 others have been located but can not yet be removed from the gutted structure.

While the official death toll stands at 30, there are fears the fire claimed more than 100 lives, but the scale of the damage means authorities are finding it extremely hard to find and identify remains.

Prince William hugged a victim of Wednesday's deadly west London fire (which now has a death toll of 58 people) when he made a visit to a crisis center on Friday.

Police broke up a scuffle between members of the crowd as the Mrs May's auto drove off.

The protesters are seeking a list of demands which has been given to the council, Xinhua news agency reported.

The official death toll rose to 30 on Friday, but authorities said it could easily reach 70.

It issued a statement before the protest to try to address the concerns of residents.

"What did she expect was going to happen".

Located in the wealthy Kensington neighbourhood, the 24-storey public housing building and its 600 residents stood in stark contrast to the world around them.

London Mayor Admits Fire Caused by 'Mistakes and Neglect'
Cladding used on Grenfell Tower blamed for spreading the London blaze is banned in Britain, Finance Minister Philip Hammond says. At least 58 people were likely killed in a fire which engulfed a London tower block earlier this week, police said on Saturday.

Many are demanding answers for how the blaze spread so quickly. Witnesses said the blaze tore through the high-rise's exterior cladding within minutes and seemed to offer a path for it to leap from floor to floor.

She had faced criticism since visiting and leaving the disaster scene Thursday without talking to any of those who had lost their homes in the blaze. Her government is also due to launch hard Brexit talks with the European Union on Monday.

On Friday, Mrs May visited survivors in hospital before meeting victims and community leaders at a church in Kensington.

"Contractor says that he met all the fire safety standards but the questions are going to be, which kind of siding was used and what were the risks?" "They have been left with nothing - no bank cards, no money, no means of caring for their children or relatives". One woman told me she had escaped in only her top and underwear.

"I have ordered that more staff be deployed across the area, wearing high visibility clothing, so they can easily be found, dispense advice and ensure the right support is provided", May said after a meeting with survivors at her Downing Street office on Saturday.

The Labour leader said he was "very concerned" that the probe is not used to "delay any parallel actions which might be taken by interested parties".

She promised residents would be rehoused within three weeks, and rejected accusations that the government failed to act on recommendations to tighten fire regulations after a fatal block fire in London in 2009. "You get a lot of fragmentation of bodies, charring of bones and sometimes all that's left is ash", said Peter Vanezis, a professor of forensic medical sciences at Queen Mary University in London.

"The local community feels their grief has been made worse by the lack of information about their missing family members and friends", he wrote. The Times said the recently refurbished tower block had been fitted with cladding that wasn't fireproof, and that for less than £5000 pounds (NZ$8800), a fire-resistant version could have been used instead.

However, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who was London mayor until previous year, took to Facebook to attack opposition Labour politicians for "political game playing".

But Hammond said it was up to the public inquiry to determine whether the retrofitting of sprinklers to buildings was necessary to improve fire safety.

"I do believe the number will increase", police commander Stuart Cundy told reporters in front of the charred building.

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