UK government scrambles to limit fallout from London fire


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

"Our focus has been on those that we know were in Grenfell Tower".

The government is carrying out an "urgent inspection" of roughly 2,500 similar tower blocks across the country to assess their safety.

Hammond told a weekly BBC politics show that a criminal investigation will examine whether building regulations had been breached when the block was renovated.

Families of the victims and residents of Grenfell said they were furious that the local government had for years ignored their complaints about the building's lack of measures in case of fire and had not adequately attended to survivors of the blaze. "So that 58 would include that 30", the spokesman said Saturday.

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He said the group had spoken about their "demands and what we expect".

At least 30 people have been confirmed killed and dozens more are feared dead in the London tower block fire, police said on Friday, as firefighters continued searching for bodies amid outrage over the use of cladding blamed for spreading the flames.

And the protesters asked for a list of the number of people in Grenfell Tower. "But my understanding is that the best advice is that retrofitting sprinklers may not always be the best technical way of ensuring fire safety in a building", he said.

Frank adds that anger is rising in London about the deaths - for example, a leading tabloid was emblazoned with the headline "Arrest the Killers" while Labour MP David Lammy has said the incident amounts to "corporate manslaughter".

A large police presence held back angry crowds outside a Kensington church where Theresa May was meeting victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster. Some 600 people were living in the tower's 120 apartments.

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The 23-year-old Alhajali is the only victim of the Grenfell Tower fire to be officially named as the hard process of identifying human remains continues. Many residents are still unaccounted for, and police said some remains may never be identified.

People were demanding homes be found urgently for families made homeless by the blaze.

"Some of them are poor, some may come from deprived backgrounds, some of them may be asylum seekers and refugees", he said.

His family said Alhajali "came to the United Kingdom because he had ambitions and aims for his life and for his family".

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