17 dead, public investigation sought in London tower fire

Hundreds of Grenfell Tower protesters march on Whitehall

Asked on BBC Radio 4's Today programme whether he would be concerned about putting his own four children to bed if he lived in a similar tower, he responded: "Any human being would think like that, would be anxious".

By the church's front door, residents taped signs looking for information about Khadija Saye, last seen on the 20th floor, and Mariem Elggwahry, last seen on the 19th floor at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The tower, built in 1974, was home to between 400 and 600 people.

Authorities have so far confirmed 17 deaths in the blaze that erupted early on Wednesday at the Grenfell Tower, but warned that the toll could go up as many residents were reported missing - feared still trapped inside.

Of the 17 victims found by emergency services so far, six were outside the tower, while it has not yet been deemed safe enough to recover the 11 bodies found inside.

British police say they may never be able to identify all of those who perished in the Grenfell Tower disaster, as anger and frustration mounted in the London neighborhood stunned by the tragedy.

One of the victims was named as Mohammed Alhajali, a 23-year-old Syrian refugee, who came to Britain in 2014 with his brother.

The appeal said: "Mohammed Alhajali undertook a risky journey to flee war in Syria, only to meet death here in the United Kingdom, in his own home".

More than 200 firefighters were sent to tackle the blaze and London Ambulance Service said 30 people had been taken to five hospitals. The process will be very long.

But the authority's latest statement said: "While we will try do our upmost (sic) to ensure those affected remain in or near the borough, given the number of households involved, it is possible the council will have to explore housing options that may become available in other parts of the capital".

"Fire safety of the building is a combined thing it's about the cladding that's on the building but more importantly it's on the systems".

Firefighter Lucy Masoud questioned why the blaze spread so rapidly "Something has gone seriously wrong".

The focus of criticism centres on the cladding fitted to external walls on the 1970s concrete block as part of a £8.7 million refit ($11 million, 9.9 million euros) completed previous year.

Dr Smith said: "With the significant fires that occurred in Melbourne and Dubai in multi-storey high-rise buildings we made decision on January 1 this year to prohibit the use of these sorts of combustible cladding products [on buildings over two storeys tall]".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called for homes to be "requisitioned if necessary" in order to house those left homeless by the disaster: "It is hardly acceptable that in London you have luxury buildings and luxury flats kept empty, as land banks for the future, while the homeless and the poor look for somewhere to live". And sorrow is quickly turning to anger over whether the building met fire and safety regulations. A lack of working fire alarms, evacuation procedures, lighting in emergency stairwells and escape routes are all said to have contributed to the catastrophic loss of life.

One former cabinet minister, Michael Portillo, criticized May on Friday over her refusal to visit the survivors of the fire and talk to the victims' families.

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London Thursday called for an interim report into the Grenfell Tower fire to be published within weeks, saying: "There are questions that demand answers".

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