Theresa May admits gov response to Grenfell fire 'not good enough'

Theresa May admits gov response to Grenfell fire 'not good enough'

Theresa May admits gov response to Grenfell fire 'not good enough'

Police had previously put the death toll at 30.

As NPR's Merrit Kennedy reported, the Grenfell Tower fire has aroused the ire of those who feel it was caused by corporate malfeasance and who feel Prime Minister Theresa May's government is not doing enough to respond.

The statement officially confirmed that a 23-year-old Syrian refugee was the first victim of the huge fire.

Queen Elizabeth II marked her official birthday Saturday by saying Britain remains "resolute in the face of adversity" after the horrendous fire and recent extremist attacks in London and Manchester.

Public anger is mounting as residents and neighbors demand answers for how the blaze early Wednesday spread so quickly and trapped so numerous tower's 600-odd residents.

"It was a death trap, and they knew it", one person shouted as demonstrators surged inside the offices of the Kensington and Chelsea council, responsible for managing the social housing block in a working-class enclave of one of Britain's richest districts.

Cundy promised an "exhaustive" criminal investigation into the fire that would also look at a major refurbishment of the building completed previous year. "That is why I ordered a public inquiry, with the costs for providing victims with legal representation met by government", May said.

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The residents group said while it welcomed the funding it had not been consulted before the announcement was made. At least 58 people are now missing and presumed dead in the Grenfell Tower fire , police have said.

Morocco said seven of its nationals were among the dead.

Premises were inspected by the fire service, which issued a schedule of requirements.

The identification of the victims is proving very hard - which experts attribute to the extreme heat of the fire.

"Frankly, the support on the ground for families who needed help or basic information in the initial hours after this appalling disaster was not good enough", she said. While failing to answer, she said the focus was now on providing support to the victims.

British officials have announced a nationwide minute of silence to honor the victims on Monday morning. "Part of our investigation will involve a painstaking analysis of how the fire spread and this footage could be vital to helping establish that".

She has promised to set up a public inquiry and pledged 5 million pounds ($6.39 million) of support, housing guarantees and help with access to bank accounts and cash.

Mrs May said she had fixed a deadline of three weeks for everybody affected to be rehoused locally.

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British health authorities say they are still treating 19 patients, 10 of whom remain in critical condition after the London high-rise fire.

On Saturday, the toll stood at 58.

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

"The key question now is whether the overall design of the building's complete exterior was properly tested and subsequently signed off by the relevant authorities including the fire officer, building compliance officer and architect before commencement of the project".

Alhajali, who lived on the 14th floor, was a civil engineering student at West London University.

His family said Alhajali "came to the United Kingdom because he had ambitions and aims for his life and for his family".

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