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Protesters storm town hall as anger grows over London fire

Protesters storm town hall as anger grows over London fire

There is palpable anger on the streets that those in authority could have done more to prevent the disaster that has also sparked concerns that the blaze may not be the last such tragedy without dramatic changes to Britain's public housing towers.

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.

Police broke up a scuffle between members of the crowd as the Mrs May's auto drove off.

Almost 200 people chanting "We want justice!" marched near Notting Hill Gate tube station on Friday, demanding action from local councilors tasked with housing people following the disaster.

Some people then left the building though others remained inside.

A prominent British Labour Party lawmaker is calling for police and the government to seize all documents relating to the renovation of a London high-rise destroyed by a fire that killed dozens of its residents.

The protesters are seeking a list of demands which has been given to the council, Xinhua news agency reported.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William met survivors, volunteers, local residents and community workers at a fitness centre in Kensington, which is providing emergency accommodation for those affected by the fire in nearby Grenfell Tower. For starters, the #Police have confirmed that 30 people died in the fire, which engulfed the entire 24-storey building in flames.

May, criticized in the first few days after the blaze for failing to meet with victims, says the public inquiry looking into the tragedy will report directly to her.

The government has ordered a judge-led inquiry into Wednesday's disaster, which is under pressure to act quickly. And as NPR's Frank Langfitt in London, police are hoping that the death toll will not reach the triple digits.

Members of the emergency services work inside burnt out remains of the Grenfell apartment tower in North Kensington, London.

"She should have been there with the residents".

The investigation into the cause of the fire that has now been extinguished will take weeks, he added.

With the death toll expected to rise, perhaps substantially, those looking for the missing answers and missing people were growing increasingly anxious. According to The Times newspaper, contractors opted not to use fire-resistant cladding when insulating the tower. "How did they allow this tragedy to happen when it could have easily been avoided?"

Cundy said that because the fire was so powerful there was "a risk that sadly we may not be able to identify everybody".

The sheer number of missing person posters in the streets near the tower - home to about 600 residents - is perhaps not surprising given how quickly the fire spread.

Meanwhile, experts have said sprinklers could have been fitted in the tower but Nick Paget-Brown, the Tory leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, said there was not a "collective view" among residents in favour of installing them.

British authorities are launching a criminal investigation into the London apartment building fire - as the death toll from the blaze has almost doubled, to 30.


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