79 people presumed dead in London tower block fire

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Cundy said although the building had been subject to a full provisional search "we must now carry out a full forensic and systematic search".

"I believe there may be people who were in Grenfell Tower that people may not know were missing and may not have realized they were in there on the night.

And therefore, sadly, I have to assume that they are dead", he said.

Tottenham MP David Lammy has also called on the Prime Minister and Metropolitan Police to immediately seize all relevant Grenfell Tower documents, and said fear of a potential cover-up is growing. Residents who survived said they warned the building's manager about fire hazards for years but were ignored, Vigliotti reported.

Britain will act on any recommendations from a probe into a fire that ripped through an apartment block and killed at least 58 people, ministers said, responding to a tragedy their critics said showed something had gone "badly wrong" in the country. Cundy said emergency workers have now reached the top of the building.

British Prime Minister Theresa May herself had come in for a barrage of criticism over her own response to the disaster. She has since announced additional support and a £5- million relief fund for the rehabilitation of the victims.

He complained bitterly that a friend — the young artist Khadija Saye — was still alive three hours after the fire started but was unable to get out of her apartment to safety.

But she added that because victims had been subject to a "very intense fire" that will made some of the identification "very difficult".

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Photo released by Metropolitan Police in London shows what's left of an apartment inside of Grenfell Tower in the United Kingdom on June 18, 2017.

Only five people have been formally identified.

The tragedy cast a pall on the Trooping the Color festivities that mark the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. Cundy told reporters the "awful reality" was that it might not be possible to identify all the victims.

The leader of Britain's main opposition party is calling for the government to take over empty homes for use by residents displaced by the London high-rise fire.

"As we do everything we can to help them, we will make sure they have the counselling and emotional support they need in the hard days, weeks and years ahead".

In a television interview on Friday, she sidestepped questions over whether she had misread the public mood.

Kensington Town Hall Grenfell Tower protest: People chant "Shame on you!". British health authorities say that 19 fire survivors are still being treated at London hospitals, and 10 of them remain in critical condition. Experts believe the new paneling, which contained insulation, helped spread the flames quickly up the outside of the public housing tower. British officials have ordered a review of other buildings that have had similar renovations. More than $3.8 million has been raised for the victims.

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