Some victims of Grenfell Tower fire may never be identified, police warn

At least 30 people have died in the Grenfell Tower fire, police have revealed.The wait for family and friends still searching for loved ones is likely to be drawn out for weeks or even months due to the treacherous condition of the building, while identification of several burnt bodies may prove to be all but impossible. It includes 30 deaths that already have been confirmed, and reports of people who are missing and presumed to have been killed.The Minister has offered sympathy to the people of London who are affected by the tragedy, and says it’s a reminder of the need for vigilance at all times in relation to fire safety.With anger mounting over the government’s handling of the blaze, May met residents from the Grenfell Tower and vowed to personally oversee the recovery as protesters gathered to demonstrate in the streets around her residence for a second day. “We have been trodden on by people who say they are there to protect us”, one woman said.Police and firefighters have now reached the top of the tower in their search.”They have been left with nothing – no bank cards, no money, no means of caring for their children or relatives”, the prime minister said in a statement Friday. The fire prompted demonstrations in London over the way local authorities dealt with the implications of the fire. Britain’s Press Association reported that some 70 people are still missing after the fire.Jonathan Lum, an advertising executive who lives on the 57th floor of a glittering Manhattan tower designed by noted architect Frank Gehry, said if a fire breaks out there, he will heed the wisdom of the fire department and stay in his apartment, but partly because he lives in a building constructed in the past decade.A resident in a nearby building watches smoke rise from a building on fire in London, Wednesday, June 14, 2017.Earlier on Saturday, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip observed a moment of silence to honor the victims.But on Friday she continued to sidestep questions over whether she had failed to grasp the mood of the public by failing to meet with residents in the fire’s immediate aftermath.May has promised a full public inquiry and announced a fund of £5 million ($6.4 million) to help those affected by the blaze.”It is hard to escape a very somber national mood”, Elizabeth said in a message on her official birthday.”The response of the emergency services, NHS [National Health Service] and the community has been heroic”, May said in a statement released Saturday after the prime minister met with victims and community leaders.The devastating blaze that struck a high-rise tower in London may have been so powerful that it destroyed much of the DNA evidence needed to identify its victims.Toronto Fire officials spoke out after the Grenfell Tower inferno to assure residents that protections in the Ontario Building Code and routine fire safety inspections will prevent a similar incident here. The rules vary from place to place, as does advice about when to evacuate, but fire experts say the “shelter-in-place” directive is usually applied to buildings of 15 storeys or more.”My commitment to families is that as soon as we can, we will locate and recover their loved ones”.May said after the meeting there have been “huge frustrations” in the community as people tried to get information about the fire investigation.