Grenfell Tower relief effort has been effective, insists council leader

Grenfell Tower relief effort has been effective, insists council leader

Prime Minister Theresa May said more help will be sent to the scene to help survivors cope and find alternative housing now that the 24-story Grenfell Tower has been destroyed.

Flames engulf Grenfell Tower in London last week. It includes 30 deaths that already have been confirmed, and reports of people who are missing and presumed to have been killed.

Retro-fitting tower blocks with sprinklers is not always the best way to protect them from fires, Mr Hammond has said.

Hands and Treasury chief Philip Hammond said in separate TV appearances that the cladding used on Grenfell seems to be prohibited by British regulations. One opposition lawmaker urged the Conservative government and police to immediately seize all documents related to the tower renovation.

Smoke rises from a high-rise apartment building on fire in London, Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

The 1974 concrete building had recently been fitted with new insulation cladding. "We need to find out precisely what cladding was used and how it was attached".

A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government told CNN that the use of a composite aluminum panel with a polyethylene core would breach current United Kingdom building regulations guidance, which says this material should not be used as cladding on buildings over 18 meters (59 feet) in height. The building was gutted in a blaze early Wednesday morning that has also left dozens missing and hundreds of others homeless.

Speaking after attending a local church service in memory of the victims, he said the fire was "a national disaster that requires a national response".

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He was later criticized after he launched a Twitter attack on London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the wake of that attack. It is located a short walk away from Emirates Stadium, home of the Arsenal football club in north London .

Much space has been given over to the issue of cladding, a topic we are sharply aware of in this country.

"Khan went on to call Wednesday's massive Grenfell Tower fire "a preventable accident that didn't need to happen" - and said the tragedy was "a effect of the mistakes and neglect from politicians from the council and from the government".

He says the search for remains had been paused because of safety concerns but has resumed.

The group said: "In our meeting at Downing Street, we explained to the Prime Minister the anger of all residents towards the management of the estate over a long period of time, paving the way to this tragedy". He says trust in the authorities is "falling through the floor".

Police have said criminal prosecutors will be pursued if there is evidence of wrongdoing.

People cast shadows as they read a message board placed near Grenfell Tower in London, Saturday, June 17, 2017.

He told ITV: "Occupy it, compulsory purchase it, requisition it - there's a lot of things you can do". At least 58 people are believed to have died in the blaze. The Home Office says it will make arrangements for the family of Mohammad Alhajali to "travel to the these terribly sad circumstances".

The images of Syrian refugee Mohammed Al Hajali, who was the first victim named, were some of the many painful photographs that have been released in the days since the fire. Cundy said the figure of 58 included that toll given earlier.