Minute of silence for London blaze victims

Minute of silence for London blaze victims

Detectives investigating the fire at Grenfell Tower in London say new footage of the gutted building's burned-out interior shows just how hard the task of finding and identifying bodies is proving to be.

On Monday, police confirmed at least 79 people are dead or presumed dead after a fire ravaged a 24-story apartment building in west London last week.

The elevators in Grenfell Tower in north Kensington are seen in a handout picture released by the Metropolitan Police in London, Britain on June 18, 2017.

It comes after Metropolitan Police said the number of people dead and missing presumed dead after the Grenfell Tower disaster rose to 79.

Commander Cundy said the conditions in the tower "verge on indescribable", and warned of the potential "terrible reality" that some people may never be identified.

Cundy said investigators are looking at how the building was constructed, a recent refurbishment, maintenance and fire safety measures.

"Sadly, for many families, they have lost more than one family member", Cundy said.

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May and her ministers have said they will do all they can to help those left homeless after the blaze and make sure other high-rise buildings, usually home to poorer people, are checked and safe.

Experts believe the exterior cladding, which contained insulation, helped spread the flames quickly up the outside of the public housing tower early Wednesday morning. "On Saturday, I went in myself and went to the top floor".

Meanwhile, Kensington and Chelsea council has been sidelined in leading the response to the Grenfell Tower fire amid criticism it was failing the survivors of the disaster.

The images and video captured by a specialist police recovery team who has been working closely alongside colleagues from the London Ambulance Service and the London Fire Brigade as part of the ongoing operation into investigating the fire.

Mr Cundy would not be drawn on the specifics of the criminal investigation, including whether anyone had been arrested or raids carried out. Authorities are trying to determine if any criminal offenses were made by the building's managers, with accounts from residents indicating that it was for years a fire trap.

"If I identify.an issue that is a risk to public safety, we will be sharing that immediately with the relevant authorities", he added. Police will be releasing the names of the victims.

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