The burnt out remains of the Grenfell apartment tower are seen in North Kensington, London.
Prince William hugged a victim of Wednesday’s deadly west London fire (which now has a death toll of 58 people) when he made a visit to a crisis center on Friday.
Police Commander Stuart Cundy says police will seek criminal prosecutions if the evidence warrants.
Days after a blaze tore through Grenfell Tower in London, the death toll continues to rise: City police announced Saturday that 58 people “are missing and we assumed likely to have died”. She said, in an unprecedented statement, that she had been “profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need“.
The Grenfell Tower in west London, built in the 1970s and renovated several times, contains 120 homes.
A resident in a nearby building watches smoke rise from a building on fire in London, Wednesday, June 14, 2017.
In an interview on Saturday, May admitted that the government’s response to the disaster was “not good enough” as she announced a fast-tracked public inquiry into the fire promised to provide increased aid to help survivors cope and find alternative housing.
On Saturday, May met with victims of the blaze at her 10 Downing St. offices for 2½ hours.
May said phone lines at the Council would be better staffed and more staff would be deployed in the area. The move follows widespread criticism of the local Kensington and Chelsea Council’s performance as residents of the 24-storey Grenfell Tower, which was engulfed in fire early on Wednesday, condemned the relief efforts and lack of information.
Prime Minister Theresa May, already facing severe political problems trying to form a government after losing her majority in Parliament, was heckled when she visited the site and criticized for taking too long to meet with survivors. Those who lost their homes will be rehoused within three weeks, she said.
She has told Councils to complete urgent safety checks on similar tower blocks.
“I do understand for the people of Grenfell Tower that is no consolation, but if we were to change that advice now and have everyone evacuating through single staircases, it would cause more problems and more injuries”.
The fire at the 24-story building has led to community anger and protests over the British government’s response.
Hundreds have been left homeless by the blaze, putting more pressure on officials in a city plagued by a chronic housing shortage.
Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centers.
Two British officials have said that new exterior cladding used in a renovation of Grenfell Tower may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations.
“The residents of Grenfell Tower, families who have lost loved ones, and the emergency services who have been working so hard to help them have been through some of the most harrowing and traumatic experiences imaginable”, Mrs May said.
Eighteen patients remain in hospital after the fire, including nine who are in critical care, NHS England has said.
Two neighbouring Tube lines are to be partly suspended into a second day amid safety concerns of debris falling on to the tracks.