Grenfell Tower victims and community leaders meeting PM at Downing Street

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The death toll is expected to rise further as rescue workers continue to search for victims - an operation that Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy described as "extremely challenging".

She returned Friday to meet survivors, residents and volunteers at a local church - but faced cries of "coward" and "shame on you".

More than 250 firefighters tackled the blaze at Grenfell tower, which broke out on Wednesday morning and soon consumed the entire building.

Demonstrators crowd a staircase at Kensington Town Hall, during a protest following the The Grenfell Tower fire.

Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II observed a minute of silence, along with her husband, Prince Philip, before the annual parade marking her official birthday.

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Another message written on a bouquet of flowers said: "Thank you for raising such a handsome and kind daughter; love you forever, the girls". Those who lost their homes will be rehoused within three weeks, she said.

I really hope it won't, but it may increase.

Mr Cundy said the police investigation into the blaze would look at the building and its refurbishment in 2016 and vowed to prosecute people "if there is evidence".

After meeting with Grenfell survivors on Friday, Ms May announced a 5 million pound (AUS$8 million) fund to help them and expressed sorrow for their plight.

"Nowadays, we would not dream of building towers to the standards of the 1970s, but their inhabitants still have to live with that legacy".

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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.

"The package of support I'm announcing today is to give the victims the immediate support they need to care for themselves and for loved ones". In recent years, London's skyrocketing home prices and housing shortage have left residents struggling.

Told there was a need for the public to hear her say something had gone badly wrong and the government accepted responsibility, Mrs May said: "Something bad has happened".

The local Grenfell Action Group had claimed, before and during a major 10-million-pound refurbishment of Grenfell Tower past year, that the block constituted a fire risk and residents had warned that access to the site for emergency vehicles was "severely restricted".

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