United Kingdom government scrambles to limit fallout from London fire

United Kingdom government scrambles to limit fallout from London fire

United Kingdom government scrambles to limit fallout from London fire

London authorities late on Sunday released three new images of the interior of the charred tower.

In this photo released by the Metropolitan Police on Sunday, June 18, 2017, burnt out lifts on an undisclosed floor, in the Grenfell Tower after fire engulfed the 24-storey building, in London.

"Normally an inquest will only take place at the end of the criminal investigation, so the idea of an inquiry is important because that can, in some circumstances, happen much more quickly and I think speed is of the essence here".

"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. Authorities had warned earlier that some of the victims may never be identified because of the state of their remains.

"That's why she totally accepted that it (the government response) hadn't been good enough".

Trade Minister Greg Hands said the government is carrying out an "urgent inspection" of the roughly 2,500 similar tower blocks across Britain to assess their safety. The grateful survivors who were welcomed in by mosques, churches and community centers nearly immediately said they were "thankful for Ramadan".

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Two British ministers say the cladding used in a renovation of Grenfell Tower may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations.

Cundy said although the building had been subject to a full provisional search "we must now carry out a full forensic and systematic search".

Ms Cotton added that it might be "some days yet" before firefighters could say they have reached everyone in the building.

Hands cautioned Sunday that investigators still don't know exactly what cladding was used when the building renovation was completed previous year.

Hands and Treasury chief Philip Hammond said in separate TV appearances that the cladding used on Grenfell seems to be prohibited by British regulations.

The UK's opposition Labour party launched a stinging attack of the Conservative government in the wake of the fire, underscoring the role austere economic policies may have had in the disaster.

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Emergency services have been faced with scenes of utter destruction inside London's Grenfell Tower following massive fire.

He told ITV: "Occupy it, compulsory purchase it, requisition it - there's a lot of things you can do".

May has announced a public inquiry into the fire which would be fast-tracked. Among the criticisms launched at May was also her government's failure to provide up-to-the-minute information to survivors.

On Monday, Theresa May's spokeswoman said the Prime Minister knows the public want quick answers to the disaster. "It will also be a subject that the criminal investigation will be looking at", he said.

"Family liaison officers are supporting families, and that includes those people we know to be dead; some of those who are critically ill and sadly those people who we have been told were in Grenfell Tower that night who we have been unable to trace".

"We are grateful to the Prime Minister for listening to us and for the assurances she has given us but now we need to see real action and immediate results with centralised coordination of the relief effort with residents closely involved".

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