London fire: UK Prime Minister Theresa May rushed away from protesters

In addition to debate over the cladding, questions have also been raised over why there was no sprinkler system in Grenfell Tower which could have helped stop the fire spreading, or any central smoke alarm system that would have woken sleeping residents.

Firefighters are still searching for victims in the 24-story Grenfell Tower that went up in flames early Wednesday.

Senior councillors in Liverpool will hold a meeting with social landlords on Saturday, while the fire service is reviewing its inspection processes for high-rise buildings and prioritising inspections of high-rise premises across Merseyside.

Meanwhile, fire services in Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Humberside have also confirmed they will be visiting high-rise buildings.

The London Fire Brigade said it did not yet know the cause of the fire.

"I said "I need to get them some support". We will continue to look at what more needs to be done".

Khan said that residents were increasingly angry, distraught and frustrated because the government and local authorities had not done enough to help them or to answer questions about dead or missing loved ones.

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"The scale of this tragedy is clearly proving too much for the local authority to cope with on their own", Khan said in an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May.

"We have been investing in fire safety measures for a number of years and are continuing to do so".

"There is a risk we may not be able to identify everybody".

Mr Khan repeated his call for the public inquiry into the disaster, announced by the Prime Minister on Thursday, to provide an interim report this summer "at the latest".

"Then we had about 20 police officers in high-vis jackets storming into the building trying to create a barricade and that created a rush of young people clashing with the police".

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

Demonstrators gathered outside Kensington town hall in the afternoon and some gained entry to the building.

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The Guardian newspaper reported Friday that Omnis Exteriors supplied the aluminum composite material used in the cladding. Fire-resistant panels cost 24 pounds ($30.65) per square meter, about 2 pounds ($2.56) more than the standard model, the Times said.

One man held a poster of a missing person, and shouted that he wanted to speak to the queen about lost children. "People lost their lives on Tuesday".

It started with a fleeting visit from Prime Minister Theresa May, during which the prime minister failed to meet any of the survivors of the West London inferno. Other members of her Conservative Party urged her to show concern for the dozens of victims and survivors of the blaze.

The death toll in the massive fire that engulfed a 24-storey tower here almost doubled to 30 today amid fears that it could climb to "triple figures", even as Scotland Yard launched a criminal investigation into the cause of one of the worst fire tragedies in the country.

Police have said they fear the blaze was so devastating that some victims may never be identified.

Lines of volunteers emerged from the Notting Hill Methodist church on Friday carrying hundreds of boxes from the church to a lorry parked outside, while at Latimer, a similar operation was under way.

And sorrow is quickly turning to anger over whether the building met fire and safety regulations.

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Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy responded to speculation that the number of dead could exceed 100, saying: "From a personal perspective, I really hope it isn't".

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