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UK govt scrambles to limit fallout from London blaze

19 June 2017, 03:13 | Terri Saunders

They also expressed anger that the prime minister did not meet with survivors or victims of the fire when she initially visited the neighborhood following the tragedy.

During an angry protest outside the headquarters of the offices of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, which manages the social housing block, a group broke off and scuffled with security guards in the lobby of the red-brick building.

"This is an incredible distressing time for families and they have my commitment that we will do this as quickly as we possibly can", he said.

A total of 58 people who were in the Grenfell Tower on the night of the fire were missing and presumed to be dead, London police Commander said Saturday. "Then I called him and he said there was too much smoke".

Two British ministers say the cladding used in a renovation of Grenfell Tower may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations.

May was asked repeatedly in an interview on Friday whether she had misread the public mood.

On Saturday May spent over two hours meeting residents from the north Kensington area at her Downing Street residence and chaired a meeting on the government's response to the fire.

The government has set up a £5 million emergency fund for the Grenfell Tower residents, allocating a minimum £5,500 to each household with £500 cash payments already being handed out.

The images released by police were taken by a recovery team inside flats where everyone inside has been accounted for.

May who has promised £5 million ($6.4 million, 5.7 million euros) for emergency supplies, food and clothing, has also announced a judge-led inquiry into the disaster.

For Soran Karimi, 31, who lives in the block opposite, it was nothing short of "murder" and "people should be prosecuted for this". Wherever we can, we will bring people to justice if there is evidence.

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Rescue personnel have had difficulty reaching the top floors of the charred, 24-story tower.

More than 20 police officers rushed into the town hall to restore order and mounted police were on stand-by.

The latest update on Grenfell Tower comes following a solemn birthday message from the Queen.

On Sunday, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, recently emboldened by a better-than-expected result in this month's snap election, called on the government to drop its cuts in funding to local authorities.

The new total may change as the investigation continues, Cundy said.

On Sunday, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond said he believed the flammable materials used to clad the building were illegal in Britain.

May, who also visited survivors of the fire at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, said in a statement that she was horrified by their plight - her most emotional statement on the fire to date.

May has pledged an immediate release of funds totalling £5m to help those affected and has committed to rehousing those displaced within three weeks.

Locals yelled questions at London mayor Sadiq Khan when he walked through the neighbourhood on Friday. "I will help you from up there".

Michelle said the staff know every person living in the flats and anyone with a disability is never housed above the fourth floor.

What grime artist Saskilla has called the "mass murder" of the inhabitants of this Kensington tower block can not be divorced from years of cuts to local authority budgets, fire brigade budgets, health budgets, and the Health and Safety Executive; years of rule by Tories whose aim, in the words of former prime minister David Cameron, was to "kill off health and safety culture for good" since taking basic precautions to save lives was such an unacceptable burden on business.

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