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London fire: Death toll rises to 58

London fire: Death toll rises to 58

When the prime minister visited the west London site of the fire on Thursday she spoke only to emergency services.

May, already under pressure after a botched snap election, is facing widespread criticism for her response to the blaze.

Protesters storm Kensington Town Hall after the fatal fire.

Grenfell Tower, the 24-story building that was engulfed in flames early Wednesday, had been the subject of resident complaints over fire safety for years.

In a television interview, the Prime Minister said the fire was "absolutely horrifying" and had been a "terrifying experience" for those affected.

The official death toll confirmed by authorities stands at 30, with around 70 people missing.

Protestors at Kensington town hall were trying to reach councillors in person and demand they answer questions about the block.

As the protesters sought to gain entry to an upper floor, police tried to bar their way.

He said police will release images and video from inside the tower tomorrow, pending the approval of Grenfell families.

Scuffles broke out near the building, with demonstrators chanting "we want justice!" as they surged toward the doors.

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".

The government said checks were now planned on tower blocks that have gone through a similar upgrade.

Floral tributes and messages for the victims of Grenfell Tower are seen in London, Britain, on June 16, 2017.

Engineering experts and fire safety specialists believe the building's exterior cladding may have quickly fuelled the blaze, overwhelming fire protection devices.

Earlier on Saturday, Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip observed a minute of silence to honor the victims of the London high-rise fire.

As she met with victims of the fire, angry protesters gathered outside the church waiting for her to come out and meet them.

They said he was a "very incredible and kind person" who "came to the United Kingdom because he had ambitions and aims for his life and for his family". "They have been left with nothing - no bank cards, no money, no means of caring for their children or relatives".

"Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity", she added.

Grief and disbelief at seeing a tower that had been home to up to 600 people reduced to a burned-out shell turned to outrage and anger.

The Queen said in a statement that she was "profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need".

"She should have been there with the residents". Former cabinet minister Michael Portillo said that decision amounted to a lack of "humanity".

As of Friday morning, authorities have not determined the cause of the fire.

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