Dozens of victims feared to be still inside Grenfell Tower

Days after a blaze tore through Grenfell Tower in London, the death toll continues to rise: City police announced Saturday that 58 people “are missing and we assumed likely to have died”.Located in the wealthy Kensington neighbourhood, the 24-storey public housing building and its 600 residents stood in stark contrast to the world around them.Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy responded to fears that the number of dead could exceed 100 by saying: “I really hope it isn’t”.Media reports have said about 70 people are expected to have been killed, although police have not confirmed this.”It was a death trap and they knew it”, one person shouted as demonstrators swelled outside the council building, with dozens going inside and clashing with police and security guards.With street protests and a public outcry growing Prime Minister Theresa May met survivors for two and a half hours in Downing Street, and she admitted the authorities’ response had been inadequate.Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall became another flashpoint on Friday with protesters storming the building, accusing authorities of ignoring them and of forcing low-income families to live in sub-standard housing.Following the meeting, May released a strongly-worded statement in which she said on-the-ground support for families in the immediate aftermath of the blaze “was not good enough”.Residents in other blocks with the same exterior cladding as Grenfell Tower were concerned, he wrote.He says the search for remains had been paused because of safety concerns but has resumed. She did speak with emergency services. “My Government will do whatever it takes to help those affected, get justice and keep our people safe”.The meeting came one day after May was chastised by protesters as she visited near the scene of the blaze.Around a hundred people entered the town hall, and were held back by police and council officials.It was coupled with criticism of the PM’s handling of the disaster after she made a private visit to the base of the tower but failed to meet with residents.London police said an investigation, led by a detective from its homicide and major crime unit, would examine whether criminal offences had been committed although they said there was nothing to suggest the fire was started deliberately. The meeting is unlikely to quell complaints that May has been slow to reach out to victims, despite her announcement of a $6.4 million emergency fund to help the displaced families.Public anger is mounting as residents and neighbors demand answers for how the blaze early Wednesday spread so quickly and trapped so numerous tower’s 600-odd residents. “People have lost their lives, people have had their homes destroyed, they have fled for their lives with absolutely nothing”. Queen Elizabeth, London mayor Sadiq Khan and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn have all met the residents. “So that 58 would include that 30″, the spokesman said Saturday.