Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

UK: Banned building materials suspected in London fire


"I appreciate that the authorities want to be absolutely certain that any information is correct before it is issued publicly, and the fire brigade, police and coroner are doing a heroic job obtaining this information in extremely hard circumstances", Sadiq Khan said.

The remains of Grenfell Tower stand in London, Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Officials said Friday they are doing everything they can to relocate those displaced by the tower.

Javid said inspections of similar buildings had been ordered, with particular attention to the modern cladding used to beautify and add an insulation layer to ageing concrete and steel structures.

Earlier this week, May was confronted by protesters furious over her handling of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Attention has focused on materials used during the renovation process completed previous year.

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Friends and relatives of Zainab Dean, one of the people still missing after a fire engulfed Grenfell Tower, a 24 storey building gather, near the building, in west London.

At least 58 people are dead or presumed dead and many others are homeless.

The package is also to include a commitment to ensure that all who lost their homes are re-housed as soon as possible near where they lived, temporary accommodation is paid for and that all victims are consulted during a public inquiry into the fire.

British Prime Minister Theresa May paid a visit Friday to a refuge center at St. Clements Church, where survivors and the loved ones of victims from this week's fire at Grenfell Tower have congregated.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan was in attendance, and told reporters afterwards that some of the stories he'd heard would stay with him "forever".

Anger has focused over the cladding used to cover its surface.

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But the Conservative leader still struggled to overcome accusations that she lacked compassion because she had failed to meet with victims on her first visit to the devastated site.

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

Fifty-eight people are now assumed dead from last week's inferno, including 30 confirmed fatalities and 28 others believed to have been killed, Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said Saturday.

An apartment inside Grenfell Tower in north Kensington is seen after the blaze.

Officials are using dental records, fingerprints, DNA samples, tattoos and scars to try and positively identify victims.

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