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Grenfell Tower: 79 presumed dead in London fire

Grenfell Tower: 79 presumed dead in London fire

Cundy said there may have been other people in the tower who police are not aware of, and that could increase the death toll.

He said the government is carrying out an "urgent inspection" of other tower blocks in Britain to assess safety.

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 previous year.

Police said they are using the INTERPOL Disaster Victim Identification Standards to identify the deceased. Attention has focused on materials used during the renovation process completed a year ago. The U.K. was already reeling from the bombing and mass stabbing, respectively, before this week's building inferno.

Aluminum cladding with insulation sandwiched between two panels has been blamed for helping to spread flames in major fires in many parts of the world, including blazes in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the United States.

A prominent British Labour Party lawmaker is calling for police and the government to seize all documents relating to the renovation of a London high-rise destroyed by a fire that killed dozens of its residents.

Thousands of protesters have marched on Downing Street to call for Prime Minister Theresa May to step down after the deadly fire at Grenfell Tower.

He said all records - including emails, minutes of meetings, correspondence with contractors, safety assessments, specifications and reports - must be kept intact.

"When the truth comes out about this tragedy, we may find that there is blood on the hands of a number of organizations", Lammy said.

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. He has not provided details about the inquiry. For police, fire and emergency crews inside the tower, "it is incredibly emotional working in there", Cundy said.

On Saturday night, the Government announced new measures to support those who have lost loved ones, along with members of the emergency services. They say their complaints were ignored.

British officials have announced a nationwide minute of silence to honor the victims on Monday morning. While failing to answer, she said the focus was now on providing support to the victims.Today more than 1,000 people gathered near May's Downing Street office to protest against her plan to form a government with the support of a socially conservative Northern Irish party.One banner showed a drawing of May with the words "Shame" and "Disgrace"."NOT A VIABLE PM " After a turbulent three months which has seen Britain hit by three deadly Islamist militant attacks and now the tower blaze, Queen Elizabeth said the mood was deeply sombre but that the British people were resolute in the face of adversity.Having visited residents of the tower yesterday with her grandson William, the queen also led a minute's silence in Buckingham Palace today."It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", Elizabeth said in a message on her official birthday. They also expressed anger that the prime minister did not meet with survivors or victims of the fire when she initially visited the neighborhood following the tragedy.

Opponents said May's handling of the fire had thrust her position further into doubt by showing a failure to feel the public mood and act decisively. British health authorities say that 19 patients are still being treated at four London hospitals.

He also formally identified the first person known to have died as 23-year-old Mohammad al-Hajjali, a Syrian refugee.

His family said Alhajali "came to the United Kingdom because he had ambitions and aims for his life and for his family".

Cundy added that it will take weeks or longer to recover and identify all the dead in the housing block that was devastated. Sixteen bodies have been taken to a mortuary for examination.