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United Kingdom royals honor London fire victims as anger mounts

With the official death toll from the fire which swept through the 24-floor residential tower block, remaining at 30, families and friends of at least 70 people still missing desperately awaited news of their fate.A spokesman for the transit agency said London Fire Brigade requested that service be halted, which according to Twitter post was over “concerns about the stability of the building”. The agency fears debris could fall on the tracks, BBC reported on its website.The area surrounding the tower has been plastered by distraught relatives with pictures of the missing, from grandparents to young children. Although the police and fire service expect the number to rise significantly, they are following their usual procedure of only raising it as they confirm deaths.On the figure of 58, he said: “I really hope it won’t, but it may increase”, while adding that “it might be that some of those are safe and well”, and for some reason, had not yet made themselves known to the police.”We know how to do this”.Cundy said 16 bodies had so far been recovered from the tower and taken to a mortuary.British Prime Minister Theresa May, criticized shortly after the blaze for failing to meet with victims, says the public inquiry looking into the tragedy will report directly to her.He said the temperature of the blaze at Grenfell Tower was comparable to a cremation. However, there may be other people who were in there on the night that others were not aware were there.The response to the fire from the government and local council was “mired in confusion and hesitancy”, he added – London should have acted more quickly, and Kensington and Chelsea Council should have sought help immediately.He said that feeling of being ignored is a source of much “deep frustration”, and told how people have been left feeling “that decisions are taken about their lives and their homes that they are not party to”.The queen and Philip stood silently before the start of the annual Trooping the Color procession that marks the queen’s official birthday.She said earlier that the national mood is somber but that Britain is resolute in the face of adversity. “Wherever we can, we will bring people to justice if there is evidence”.Engineering experts and fire safety specialists believe the building’s exterior cladding may have quickly fueled the blaze, overwhelming fire protection devices.The tragedy has provoked a huge response from nearby communities. Inside the church, the Prime Minister announced a £5m fund for emergency supplies, food and clothing.The Daily Mirror’s headline “A tale of two leaders” was accompanied by two photographs, one showing Queen Elizabeth II chatting with survivors, the other of May flanked by a ring of police officers away from victims and survivors.May has ordered a public inquiry, to be chaired by a judge, into what is nearly certainly the worst fire in London since the World War II, with expectations the final number of dead will exceed 100.