London fire: Death toll rises to 58

Guardian reporter Jamie Grierson has been tweeting the posters of the missing.

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. They state that the material needs a fire rating of at least one to two hours - a window that would theoretically allow most people ample time to escape a blaze.

The Wednesday blaze has so far killed 58 people while many other residents still remain unaccounted for.

The Grenfell Tower fire was a "preventable accident" caused by "years of neglect" by the local council and successive governments, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said yesterday.

He insisted officials were on the ground "very soon" after the fire broke out despite Prime Minister Theresa May said the support given to residents was "not good enough".

The Prime Minister will chair another meeting of the Grenfell Tower Recovery Taskforce at 11am tomorrow.

William, Princess Kate, and Prince Harry had also made a donation to a fund to help the families who were made homeless by the tragedy. Victims were going to hotels, arriving at hotels, with no one from the council to greet them, to check them in, to give them clothes and food.

May is chairing a government task force on the fire and a spokesman says that she will meet afterward with "a group of residents, victims, volunteers and community leaders" at No. 10 Downing Street.

Many are demanding answers for how the blaze spread so quickly.

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Police Commander Stuart Cundy said the number of 58, which was based on reports from the public, may rise and includes the 30 deaths that have already been confirmed.

After attending a service for victims, he called the fire a national disaster requiring a national response.

An apartment inside Grenfell Tower in north Kensington is seen after the blaze.

. British media have reported that contractors installed a cheaper, less flame-resistant type of exterior paneling on the 24-story tower in a renovation that was completed just past year.

Aluminum composite panels essentially consist of two thin layers of aluminum sandwiched around a lightweight insulating material.

"Our investigation will be wide ranging and exhaustive - it will seek to find out if any crimes have been committed and if so make sure that we do all we can to bring any person responsible to justice".

The government has promised a full public inquiry, but that has done little to ease a sense of frustration at the lack of information about how the fire moved so quickly to engulf the building. However, it warns on its website that use of Reynobond PE is discouraged by the International Building Code, and in several countries, for taller structures. Are there other buildings where the cladding has been installed in the same way? It did not address the exact makeup of the panels.

"If it is, it should be done, but let's get the technical advice, properly evaluated by a public inquiry, and then let's decide how to go forward".

John Cowley, managing director of CEP Architectural Facades, which produced rainscreen panels and windows for Grenfell Tower's cladding sub-contractor Harley Facades Ltd, said: "Reynobond PE is not banned in the UK". Whole families are said to be among the missing.

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