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UK Royals Honor London Fire Victims as Anger Mounts

UK Royals Honor London Fire Victims as Anger Mounts

Smoke billows as firefighters deal with a serious fire in a tower block at Latimer Road in West London, Britain June 14, 2017.

Jonathan Lum, an advertising executive who lives on the 57th floor of a glittering Manhattan tower designed by Frank Gehry, said if a fire breaks out there, he will heed the wisdom of the fire department and stay in his apartment, but partly because he lives in a building constructed in the past decade.

(AP Photo/Alastair Grant). Girls have photos of a missing child on their t-shirts near scene of the massive fire in Grenfell Tower, in rear, in London, Thursday, June 15, 2017.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's government sought on Saturday to quell anger over a deadly tower block fire by pledging to support the victims of the blaze after protesters jeered her when she visited local residents.

May on Friday announced a 5 million pound ($6.4 million) fund following meeting with survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. They include a written commitment from the council that all those affected by the fire will be rehoused and relocated within the borough. They say their complaints were ignored. "We will continue to look at what more needs to be done".

His letter also echoed other Labour figures, such as the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

"Our focus has been on those that we know were in there that we've been told were in Grenfell Tower, however there may be other people who were in there on the night that others were not aware were there". He says it will take weeks or longer to recover and identify all the dead in the public housing block that was devastated by a fire early Wednesday.

The fire at the 24-story building has led to community anger and protests over the British government's response.

"The Prime Minister is distraught about what has happened", said Green, who was appointed May's deputy in the wake of the general election. "We welcome the prompt calls for a public inquiry - and want to see all state and non-state organizations co-operate fully and as quickly as possible", said human rights group Liberty's Head of Legal Casework, Emma Norton in a blog.

Some 200 people marched near Notting Hill Gate tube station on Friday, demanding action from local councilors tasked with housing people following the disaster.

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"Meet the victims!" one person yelled as Leadsom was interviewed on Sky News. We are aware that concerns have been raised historically by residents.

Hundreds have been left homeless by the blaze, putting more pressure on officials in a city already plagued by a chronic housing shortage. "Families must not face the indignity of having to hand over reams of personal and financial paperwork - which a lot of them will no longer have for obvious reasons - to the overworked and bureaucratic Legal Aid Agency", she said.

Omnis Exteriors manufactured the aluminium composite material (ACM) used in the cladding, a company director, John Cowley, confirmed to the Guardian.

May visited Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, which is treating eight people. Of those, 10 remain in critical condition.

A number of demonstrators gained access inside the council building as police struggled to contain the protest.

Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy responded to fears that the number of dead could exceed 100 by saying: "I really hope it isn't".

The queen is meeting with volunteers Friday.

Amid the horror of the tower blaze, she said social divisions had seemed to matter less than usual.

Families searching for loved ones have blanketed the area near the tower with posters.


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