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London fire death toll rises as 58 are missing, presumed dead

“The figure of 58 are those who are missing and that we have to presume are dead”, said Commander Stuart Cundy, a spokesman for London’s Metropolitan Police.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. “It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood”, she said in a message marking the event. “The country has witnessed a succession of awful tragedies”.He said: “The conditions due to the fire damage verge on indescribable, which is why this will be such a lengthy operation taking weeks to complete”. Some have even referred to it as her Hurricane Katrina moment.Prime Minister Theresa May came under criticism for not meeting residents when she visited the disaster site Thursday to talk with emergency service chiefs.According to the Guardian, local residents became frustrated after May swiftly departed after her visit St Clement’s church on Friday, leading to cries of “shame on you” and “coward” from a large crowd that had assembled to hear her speak.May, whose political position was already weakened by a poor showing in parliamentary elections last week, announced the government would immediately provide 5 million pounds ($6.39 million, 5.7 million euros) to help victims of the fire.Two protests were called in reaction to the Grenfell Tower fire on Wednesday with many calling for an independent inquest into the event.A woman places a candle amongst floral tributes close to Grenfell Tower on Saturday.”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”.He said the search of the gutted block might take months and some victims might never be identified.Mrs May said the public inquiry into the fire will take place “as soon as possible” and insisted the Government had acted on previous warnings about tower block safety by a coroner.”There is considerable damage within Grenfell Tower“, he said.Syrian refugee Mohammed Al Haj Ali is one of the first identified victims. A spokesman for Britain’s Home Office said Saturday it was helping his family travel to the country from Syria, but did not provide further details.An apartment inside Grenfell Tower in north Kensington is seen after the blaze.It said: “We are devastated by this tragedy”.