London fire: Protests held as fire anger increases

Pierre Vaugeois
Juin 18, 2017

Police say the harrowing search for remains had paused Friday because of safety concerns at the blackened tower but has resumed.

Meanwhile, police and firefighters have now reached the top of the tower in their search. A new sign was put up, removing that detail.

British Prime Minister Theresa May promised victims of a London fire that left at least 30 dead that a five-million-pound ($6.5 million) support package would be created, the media reported. In recent years, London's skyrocketing home prices and housing shortage have left residents struggling.

Major roads near the stricken building were open Saturday.

"The response of the emergency services, National Health Service, and the community has been heroic", May said in a statement.

Theresa May held a meeting in Downing Street the next day with residents she had spoken to at the church.

The queen said in a statement that she was "profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need".

The presumed dead includes 30 people authorities previously confirmed perished in the Wednesday morning blaze at the public housing complex.

In contrast, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was pictured with those who have lost their homes and neighbours in Tuesday night's fire.

"It is hard to escape a very somber national mood", Elizabeth said in a message.

The queen's official birthday is marked in June when the weather is often nicer than in April, the actual month of her birth. They say their complaints were ignored.

NHS England says the injured are being treated in four London hospitals.

What do we know so far?

Her government is trying to make up ground in reacting to a fire that trapped people in their beds in the early hours of Wednesday, with many unable to escape as the flames raced up the building, cutting off exit routes and forcing some to jump.

While the blaze has prompted an outpouring of generosity, with many people donating provisions and clothes, it has also unleashed rage at the authorities as the charred tower was cast as a deadly symbol of a deeply divided society.

Londoners and others have also donated huge amounts of food, water and clothing, and shelter, to survivors.

The UK government has already announced a full judge-led public inquiry in an attempt to learn lessons from the tragedy and implement any necessary fire measures in other residential towers blocks.

Many are demanding answers for how the blaze spread so quickly.

He said: "I absolutely understand the frustration of why figures haven't been released earlier".

"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", Elizabeth said in a message on her official birthday.

May said she would be responsible for implementing the inquiry's findings, while the victims' legal costs would be met by the government.

A couple of miles away in west London, several hundred protesters stormed Kensington and Chelsea Council Town Hall.

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