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Building materials in London fire under scrutiny

“This number 58 may change”. The long-term consequences need to be addressed now, they said.Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy warned that the death toll could rise further as he formally identified a first victim as 23-year-old Syrian refugee Mohammad Alhajali.Tailored bereavement support for families of the victims, those missing or people affected by the tragedy will also be provided.London Mayor Sadiq Khan has described the fire as a “preventable accident” caused by “years of neglect” by the local council and successive governments.The 23-year-old is the only victim of the Grenfell Tower fire to be officially named so far as the hard process of identifying human remains continues. However, the identification of the other victims is proving very hard – which experts attribute to the extreme heat of the fire.A group who met Prime Minister Theresa May at Downing Street have criticised the borough’s tenant management organisation for being “invisible in the aftermath of the tragedy”.Asked repeatedly whether she had misread the public mood, Mrs May did not answer directly but said the focus was on providing support to the victims.After a turbulent three months which has seen three militant attacks and now the tower blaze, Queen Elizabeth said “it is hard to escape a very sombre national mood”, in a message on her official birthday.Amid the turmoil of militant attacks, political crisis and a deadly fire disaster, Queen Elizabeth said Britain was in a deeply sombre mood but that its people were resolute in the face of adversity.The identification of the victims is proving very hard – which experts attribute to the extreme heat of the fire.A prominent British Labour Party lawmaker is calling for police and the government to seize all documents relating to the renovation of a London high-rise destroyed by a fire that killed dozens of its residents.A criminal investigation and public inquiry into the fatal blaze, in which at least 58 people are feared to have died, will examine whether building regulations had been breached at the tower block in west London, Philip Hammond said.Alongside both police and fire investigations into the blaze, she has promised to set up a public inquiry.Two British ministers say the cladding used in a renovation of Grenfell Tower may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations.”The fire at Grenfell Tower was an unimaginable tragedy for the community, and for our country”. More than 3 million pounds ($3.8 million) have been raised for the victims.Hundreds have been left homeless by the blaze, putting more pressure on officials in a city already plagued by a chronic housing shortage. Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centers.Some 110 families are reported to have been given temporary accommodation by in hotels within the local area.Ronnie King, the UK’s former chief fire officer, told Al Jazeera: “I wouldn’t wish to denigrate those who installed the cladding because – whatever the cladding was – it did not have to be fire resistant under the building regulations”, said King. “We were seeking a change to the building regulations for that very goal”, he added.The council said: ‘We plan to house residents of Grenfell Tower as locally as we can.”We’ve always been advocates of automatic fire sprinkler protection in tall tower blocks and they work – people don’t die in sprinkler buildings”, he said.