London fire: Protesters swarm Downing Street, demand May's resignation

Minute’s silence announced over Grenfell Tower disaster

Police have said at least 58 people died, or are missing, presumed dead, after the devastating blaze ravaged the tower block in the early hours of Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy responded to speculation that the number of dead could exceed 100, saying: "From a personal perspective, I really hope it isn't".

The police stressed in a statement that "there is nothing to suggest the fire was started deliberately". The death toll is still expected to rise substantially.

Families searching for their loved ones have blanketed the area near the tower with posters searching for answers, as attention turned to whether recent refurbishment on the building was done properly.

The Prime Minister, who has been criticised for not talking to the victims, has been to see the injured in hospital.

Members of the media report they are being targeted by angry members of the public.

Sky News reports hundreds of people have joined the protest outside Kensington Town Hall. Another 11 bodies were inside the charred remains of the building. Such a system would reportedly have cost approximately $254,000. It was part of a wider $73 million development of the extremely pricey Kensington neighborhood, which included the construction of new homes.

The source of the fire was determined to have been a faulty refrigerator in an apartment on the building's fourth floor, with residents of the tower, as well as the surrounding area have demanding answers on why the fire was able to spread so quickly.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William have arrived at a west London site where community groups have gathered supplies for those affected by the tower fire disaster.

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"Newspapers are calling May's decision not to meet survivors the day after the blaze her "Hurricane Katrina" moment", NPR's Frank Langfitt notes.

Both Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn visited the site on Thursday, with May calling for a full inquiry into the blaze. Britain's Press Association says around 70 people are missing.

When asked about the biggest concerns of residents he said: "I think it comes down mainly to communication so it's the local people and those affected by this - it's unspeakable - it's ensuring they know the local authority is here, and local authorities through the entire city have come together, volunteers in their dozens are prepared to come out and do whatever they can".

London Police said an investigation had been launched to determine whether the blaze involved any crimes and May announced a public inquiry, a type of probe that's used to investigate issues of major public concern.

Whole families are among the missing, including Bassem Choukeir, his wife Nadia, her mother Sariyya and the couple's three daughters Mirna, Fatmeh and Zaynab.

Floors directly above and below the reported fire are usually evacuated, but others are to stay and use damp towels to block cracks beneath the door unless told otherwise, and call 911 if they have questions.

Jonathan Lum, an advertising executive who lives on the 57th floor of a glittering Manhattan tower designed by Frank Gehry, said if a fire breaks out there, he will heed the wisdom of the fire department and stay in his apartment, but partly because he lives in a building constructed in the past decade.

Trade Minister Greg Hands said the government is carrying out an "urgent inspection" of the roughly 2,500 similar tower blocks across Britain to assess their safety.

The local Grenfell Action Group had claimed, before and during a major 10-million-pound refurbishment of Grenfell Tower previous year, that the block constituted a fire risk and residents had warned that access to the site for emergency vehicles was "severely restricted".

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