London inferno extinguished; firefighters search for victims

Grenfell residents in ‘passionate angry’ exchanges with PM at Downing Street

Grenfell residents in ‘passionate angry’ exchanges with PM at Downing Street

"There are flames around us'". Fire swept through a high-rise apartment building in west London early Wednesday, killing an unknown numb.

Six hundred people are believed to be residents of the Grenfell Tower.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation, but a tenants' group had complained for years about the risk of a fire.

"We have to get to the bottom of this".

After visiting emergency teams at the scene of the blaze in west London, Mrs May said a proper public investigation was needed to establish what happened.

But Labour's former deputy leader Harriet Harman said it was "not OK" for the prime minister to go to the area but not meet residents. She returned to Downing Street without making any remarks.

"No issues were identified but following the fire in Kensington, we are carrying out further assessments at Ferrier Point and other tall blocks to see if any action needs to be taken".

It is understood that Ferrier Point has the same cladding material as Grenfell Tower. The couple, both architects, moved to London only three months ago.

He added: "I called them back but they were talking to emergency people on their phone. and that's the last I heard from any of them".

The couple's names weren't on hospital lists, ANSA reported.

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Prime Minister Theresa May said she was "deeply saddened" by the situation and has called an emergency meeting to coordinate the response to the fire, which comes just 11 days after eight people were killed in a terror attack on London Bridge and nearby Borough Market.

"Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower in London and our colleagues from London Fire Brigade and all the emergency services working in hard conditions to deal with this tragic incident", she said.

Cundy said identifying victims will be very challenging and police will use worldwide disaster victim protocols which include dental records, fingerprints and DNA. Police are searching the dead bodies with trained dogs, it is learnt.

Built in 1974, the 24-floor building contained 120 apartments and was managed for Kensington and Chelsea Council by an independent management organization.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip have paid tribute to the firefighters whose bravery prevented a greater loss of life in the high-rise fire.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William have made a donation to support the victims of the Grenfell Tower blaze.

Authorities have confirmed 12 deaths, but have said that figure would rise.

With many dozens of people still unaccounted for, people have been told to brace themselves for the death toll to rise.

London Fire Brigade chief Dany Cotton said firefighters were not able to access all the apartments in the tower because of structural safety concerns.

Cotton says that firefighters are having trouble with the aftermath. Corbyn, who also visited North Kensington, said "some hard questions have got to be answered" and that "it can not be right that a fire like this takes so many lives in the 21st century in Britain". "People were absolutely devastated by yesterday's events".