Grenfell Tower death toll rises to 79 – but FIVE people found alive

It’s still not clear.”There is also a real possibility that there may be people in the building that no one knows are missing”, Cundy said in a statement.As many as 79 people are missing and presumed dead after a massive fire engulfed a 24-story Grenfell Tower in London earlier this week.Of these, nine remain in critical care.The Government are acting quickly to reassure people living in similar buildings that they are safe.She also defended the fire service’s advice for people to stay in their flats during tower block fires, saying that having everyone evacuate from such blocks through a single staircase would cause further injuries and hamper efforts to put out smaller blazes.Cundy said five of the dead have been formally identified.The mixture reflected London’s stature as a magnet for people trying to make a fresh start.Activists had been complaining about fire safety at the tower for several years, with fears intensifying after a renovation completed last year that included new exterior cladding.The images and video captured by a specialist police recovery team who has been working closely alongside colleagues from the London Ambulance Service and the London Fire Brigade as part of the ongoing operation into investigating the fire.Prime Minister Theresa May announced an emergency fund for those affected by the fire.Trade Minister Greg Hands said the Government is carrying out an “urgent inspection” of the roughly 2500 similar tower blocks across Britain to assess their safety.The government has promised a public inquiry, and police have opened a criminal investigation.Two British officials have said that new exterior cladding used in a renovation of Grenfell Tower may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations.Council leader Nicholas Paget-Brown said he understood residents’ anger and that the authority itself wanted to know why the fire had started and spread so quickly – but it was too big for one council to handle alone. Survivors of the building claim that cheap materials for the cladding and a lack of maintenance on the building were to blame for the fatal fire.Officials don’t believe the concrete structure is in imminent danger of collapse despite the extensive fire damage, but fears about falling debris have led to the partial closure of two London subway lines.