People Confirmed Dead in Grenfell Tower Fire With 70 Still Unaccounted For

"I appreciate that the authorities want to be absolutely certain that any information is correct before it is issued publicly, and the fire brigade, police and coroner are doing a heroic job obtaining this information in extremely hard circumstances", Sadiq Khan said.

Though in an upper-class neighborhood, Grenfell Tower housed mostly working-class families.

Britain's Press Association reported that some 70 people are still missing after the fire. But she said the welfare of her loved ones was more important.

It is feared many are trapped inside the blazing building as the fire broke out in the wee hours of Wednesday. The recovery effort resumed this afternoon, but the police warn it could take weeks for answers to emerge.

"We've worked tirelessly to establish how many people we believe were in Grenfell Tower on the night and at this point in time we are unable to say that they are safe or well", he said.

Mrs May has announced a fund of about $6.5 million for the victims.

May promised to hold a public inquiry into a fire that killed at least 17 people when it engulfed a 24-storey social housing block in West London, expressing her sorrow in a televised statement after meeting with the emergency services.

The British government yesterday scrambled to contain the political fallout from the Grenfell Tower inferno that has claimed at least 58 lives as officials focused on building materials that may have caused the fire to spread quickly.

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Khan described the fire as a "preventable accident that didn't need to happen", adding that the "tragedy we're seeing is a outcome of the mistakes and neglect from politicians from the council and from the government".

Sixteen "very ordinary people" voiced their concerns to the prime minister in an unprecedented Downing Street meeting and finally felt listened to, the Bishop of Kensington, Graham Tomlin said.

The deadly blaze has mushroomed into a political crisis, testing the fragile government of Prime Minister Theresa May.

A woman touches a poster for 12-year-old Jessica Urbano on a tribute wall Friday after laying flowers on the side of a church next to the Grenfell Tower in London.

The London mayor also said the response from Kensington and Chelsea Council has "not been good enough".

"We have colleagues in there as we speak, searching for and recovering those that have died".

"Nowadays, we would not dream of building towers to the standards of the 1970s, but their inhabitants still have to live with that legacy".

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