London fire: Death toll soars to 30


Police barred their way and scuffles broke out, a Reuters reporter said.

The London Evening Standard reported that hundreds of activists marched to the town hall and gathered outside the building on Friday chanting: "We want justice".

More than 70 people were believed to be unaccounted for since the blaze, according to the Press Association.

But the tower reportedly had no central sprinkler system or fireproof doors and was built with materials that are often flammable - all of which could have led to the fire spreading more quickly.

The London Grenfell Tower was home to around 600 people.

Dozens of people remain missing after the fire engulfed the 24-story building early Wednesday, CNN reported.

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In this image taken by eyewitness Gurbuz Binici, a huge fire engulfs the 24 story Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road, West London . Twenty-three-year-old Mohammad Alhajali was just one of dozens of people believed to have lost their lives in the inferno.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the fire while police have subsequently launched a criminal investigation.

While the disaster has prompted an outpouring of generosity, there was also anger at politicians as the charred tower was cast as a deadly symbol of a divided society.

He added: 'Councils take the safety of residents extremely seriously.

"They are simply not recognisable because of the fire", Fiona McCormack, from the Metropolitan Police's identification team, said of the victims found inside Grenfell Tower. As she met with victims of the fire, angry protesters gathered outside the church waiting for her to come out and meet them.

The cause of the fire is yet unknown.

One woman wept, saying it was because the Prime Minister had declined to speak to those waiting outside to speak to her.

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- NHS England said 24 people are still being treated in hospitals across London, of whom 12 remain in critical care.

Fire risk assessment in tower blocks was "less rigorous" since responsibility for it shifted from the fire brigade to the owner, Sian Berry, Housing Committee Chairwoman of the London Assembly, said. "People have lost their lives, people have had their homes destroyed, they have fled for their lives with absolutely nothing".

When asked on Thursday about why she did not meet residents or visit a local community centre, Mrs May said she wanted to visit the scene of the incident to be briefed by the emergency services.

Scotland Yard has launched a criminal inquiry into the fire as it has emerged that the type of cladding panels used on the building have been widely prohibited on tall structures in the USA since 2012 because of its flammability.

London Police commander Stuart Cundy said that the conditions inside Grenfell Tower mean that the search operation to recover the victims was extremely challenging.

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