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Protesters storm town hall as anger grows over London fire

18 Juin 2017

Very early in the morning on Wednesday, a fire erupted in high rise apartment building Grenfell Tower in West London.

- London firefighters traumatized by the devastation they witnessed in a high-rise apartment blaze that killed at least 17 people worked Thursday to make the building safe so they could continue the search for more victims.

The anger over the treatment of residents from the Grenfell Tower fire spilled on to the door step of Downing Street. According to The Times newspaper, contractors opted not to use fire-resistant cladding when insulating the tower.

People have been leaving hand-written messages on a wall of condolence.

This has led to questions over whether a major refurbishment of the building a year ago could have encouraged the fire to spread. "I'm praying for them", she said.

Police said Saturday that their investigation would look at the building and its 2016 refurbishment, and vowed to bring prosecutions "if there is evidence". "The reason we had to pause the search and recovery yesterday was for the safety of our staff".

Facing criticism for not meeting victims of the fire much sooner, British Prime Minister Theresa May visited the injured at a central London hospital on Friday. It said not all tenants would be given new homes in North Kensington but later appeared to row back, claiming its understanding of the scenario had changed.

The identification of the victims is proving very hard - which experts attribute to the extreme heat of the fire.

"The fire at Grenfell Tower was an unimaginable tragedy for the community, and for our country". This relies on dental records, fingerprints and DNA when possible and also features like tattoos or scars.

Data sources: Department for Communities and Local Government, the Office for National Statistics, and Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs.

She was accompanied by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

The death toll from the London fire stands at 30, and is still climbing. This year, however, it is hard to escape a very sombre national mood.

But when she was asked in an interview on Newsnight on Friday night about whether she had misread the public mood, she sidestepped the question.

Hundreds have been left homeless by the blaze, and pressure is growing for the government to act fast.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has promised a full investigation into the fire, one of the deadliest in United Kingdom history.

London Fire Brigade said it had rescued 65 people and that firefighters managed to battle all the way to the top floor. More than 3 million pounds ($3.8 million) have been raised for the victims. Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centres.

An investigative report into the disastrous Grenfell Tower fire may not be made public for years.

Demonstrators gathered outside, protesting about several issues including the fire.

Meanwhile, experts have said sprinklers could have been fitted in the tower but Nick Paget-Brown, the Tory leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, said there was not a "collective view" among residents in favour of installing them.

Protesters storm town hall as anger grows over London fire