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Grenfell Tower fire: Number of people missing feared dead rises above 58

A firefighter looks at tributes to presumed victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, after observing a minute’s silence at a community center near the apartment building in west London.”As of this morning, I’m afraid to say there are now 79 people that we believe are either dead or missing and I sadly have to presume are dead”, police commander Stuart Cundy told reporters.Grenfell Tower was engulfed in flames at 1am last Wednesday in one of the worst fire disasters in the history of Britain.He warned that a full forensic and systematic search will take weeks to complete, adding: “We must also prepare people for the awful reality that some people may not be identified due to the intensity of the fire”.British health authorities say they are still treating 19 patients, 10 of whom remain in critical condition after the London high-rise fire.Britain will act on any recommendations from a probe into a fire that ripped through an apartment block and killed at least 58 people, ministers said, responding to a tragedy their critics said showed something had gone “badly wrong” in the country.Cundy added that authorities are investigating whether any crimes had been committed in the fire. “When the truth comes out about this tragedy, we may find that there is blood on the hands of a number of organizations”.London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Sunday after attending a church service several blocks from the tower that the fatal blaze was entirely preventable.”But, frankly, the support on the ground for families who needed help or basic information in the initial hours after this appalling disaster was not good enough”.The company said the construction methods used in relation to the cladding on Wing On Centre were different from those reportedly used for Grenfell Tower, and Wing On Centre is likely to have a much lower fire risk as a result.Ms Cotton added that it might be “some days yet” before firefighters could say they have reached everyone in the building.His comments today came after residents who met the prime minister criticised estate managers as having been “invisible in the aftermath of the tragedy” with the exception of a “very few junior officers”.There is simmering anger in the multi-ethnic Kensington area hit by the blaze, and public fury has been directed at senior government figures, including Prime Minister Theresa May, when they visited the stricken area.Two British officials said Sunday that new exterior cladding used in a renovation of Grenfell Tower may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations. 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.Police have been struggling to come up with a list of who was in the building when the fire started, making it hard to determine how many died.She also defended the fire service’s advice for people to stay in their flats during tower block fires, saying that evacuating these blocks for every small fire would cause further injuries and hamper efforts to put out smaller blazes.”Normally an inquest will only take place at the end of the criminal investigation, so the idea of an inquiry is important because that can, in some circumstances, happen much more quickly and I think speed is of the essence here”.