London police: 58 people assumed dead in Grenfell Tower fire

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At least 58 people are feared to have died in the fire that engulfed a London tower block this week, police said on Saturday, as Prime Minister Theresa May admitted that the response from the authorities had not been good enough.

She promised residents would be rehoused within three weeks, and rejected accusations that the government failed to act on recommendations to tighten fire regulations after a fatal block fire in London in 2009.

Public anger was mounting as residents and neighbors demanded answers for how the blaze spread so quickly amid reports that contractors installed a cheaper, less flame-resistant type of exterior paneling in a renovation of Grenfell Tower that ended in May 2016.

Dozens of people are still believed to be inside Grenfell Tower, according to police.

In his latest update on the recovery operation, Mr Cundy said a search of the burnt out building in north Kensington had resumed after a brief pause because of fears about the safety of the structure. In her traditional birthday message, the 91-year-old monarch made a reference to the "succession of bad tragedies", a day after she paid a visit to people affected by the massive Grenfell Tower blaze in west London.

Cundy said police had started a criminal investigation but there was nothing to suggest "that the fire had been started deliberately". He says "my heart goes out to those affected". She said: "I've come out here because people had no hope".

Dogs are also used by fire crews to track down the remnants of substances used to ignite fires - though it has not been explained if this is what is being done at Grenfell Tower.

"There will be many questions about this whole incident and so you will appreciate that it would not be appropriate for us to comment or for others to speculate on any aspect of fire, or it causes, in advance of these inquiries", managing director Ray Bailey said. Although the police and fire service expect the number to rise significantly, they are following their usual procedure of only raising it as they confirm deaths.

"We are now looking to source interim accommodation for those Grenfell Tower residents and also trying to assist, where possible, elderly and vulnerable residents from surrounding areas who have been unable to return to their homes due to the safety cordon", they said in a statement.

"Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity", she wrote".

The cladding had a plastic core and was similar to that used by high-rise buildings in France, the United Arab Emirates and Australia which had also suffered fires that spread. On Saturday, NHS England said 19 people were being treated in hospital, with 10 in critical condition.

(AP Photo/Tim Ireland). People protest demanding answers over the Grenfell Tower fire, in London, Friday June 16, 2017.

A couple of miles away in west London, several hundred protesters stormed Kensington and Chelsea council town hall.

"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", Elizabeth said in a message on her official birthday.

The UK has promised a full public inquiry, and announced a fund of 5 million British pounds ($6.4 million) to help those affected by the blaze.

The queen said in a statement that she was "profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need".

In a television interview, she sidestepped questions over whether she had misread the public mood.

Some Grenfell residents had warned months ago that fire safety issues at the tower left it at risk of a "catastrophic" event.

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