Death toll from London inferno rises to 58

Her government is trying to make up ground in reacting to a fire that trapped people in their beds in the early hours of Wednesday, with many unable to escape as the flames raced up the building, cutting off exit routes and forcing some to jump. British media have reported that contractors installed a cheaper, less flame-resistant type of exterior paneling on the 24-story tower in a renovation that was completed just past year.Commander Cundy further informed that the police investigation into the fire “will take weeks, it may take longer than that”.Sixteen bodies have been taken to a mortuary, and the first victim formally identified was named as Mohammad Alhajali, a 23-year-old Syrian refugee.Local councils will also carry out safety checks on buildings similar to the Grenfell Tower, the prime minister said.One of her closest allies, Damian Green, defended May, saying she was “distraught about what has happened”.As of Friday, London police said 30 people have died in the Grenfell blaze.He says tower residents who survived fear a cover-up will keep the truth from coming out.Emergency workers have reached the top of the 24-story tower.British Prime Minister Theresa May, facing criticism for the government’s handling of the disaster, met Saturday with 15 fire survivors invited to her official residence at 10 Downing Street.Firefighters raged against the inferno for more than 24 hours and the frantic fight has left its mark.The government has committed 5 million pounds for clothes, food and emergency supplies for the victims. “So that 58 would include that 30″, he said.Around 70 people are missing, according to Britain’s Press Association, and identification of the victims is proving very hard.The identification of the victims is proving very hard – which experts attribute to the extreme heat of the fire. Speaking after a church service near the charred remains of the building, Khan said, “It may well be the defining outcome of this tragedy that the worst mistakes of the 1960s and 1970s are systematically torn down”.West London film producer Nisha Parti, who has been helping victims in Kensington, said the cash is being given to those checking into hotels in the wake of Wednesday’s blaze.Officials are using dental records, fingerprints and DNA samples to try and positively identify victims. On Saturday, protestors had gathered at Whitehall and demanded her resignation.Meanwhile, a company involved in the renovation of the tower was forced to deny cladding on the building was banned in the United Kingdom after comments made by chancellor Phillip Hammond.”It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood”, Elizabeth said in a message on her official birthday.Following the meeting, Mrs May announced she had ordered daily updates on the progress of rehousing residents and the public inquiry would report “personally” back to hear. Hundreds have been left homeless, putting more pressure on officials in a city plagued by a chronic housing shortage.During an angry protest outside the headquarters of the offices of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, which manages the social housing block, a group broke off and scuffled with security guards in the lobby of the red-brick building.Fire safety experts believe that cladding used on the building’s exterior may have fuelled the blaze.Fire safety experts believe that cladding put on the building’s exterior during a renovation previous year was less fire retardant, which may have fueled the blaze.The tragedy has provoked a huge response from nearby communities. More than $3.8 million has been raised for the victims.He said: “Within the community, trust in the authorities is falling through the floor and a suspicion of a cover-up is rising”.In the fire’s aftermath, the London Underground on Saturday suspended subway service between Edgware Road and Hammersmith on two lines at the request of the London Fire Brigade.Some of the anger stems from reports that Grenfell Tower had no central sprinkler system and was built with flammable materials that residents told the government needed to be fixed.