London Police Raise Death Toll In Tower Fire To 30

Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall became another flashpoint on Friday with protesters storming the building, accusing authorities of ignoring them and of forcing low-income families to live in sub-standard housing.

Earlier on Thursday, June 15, British Prime Minister Theresa May ordered a public inquiry, an official review of action by public institutions.

A man with a megaphone, shouting about the lack of a government response, drew a crowd of some 20 people as the police looked on. "Automatically everybody turns up because we are one family", Phupinder Singh, a volunteer said. "That's why I am today ordering a full public inquiry into this disaster", she said in a statement. "I wanted to show the absolute sorrow and horror of everyone in the House of Commons from the prime minister down".

At least 30 people have been confirmed killed and dozens more are feared dead in the London tower block fire, police said on Friday, as firefighters continued searching for bodies amid outrage over the use of cladding blamed for spreading the flames.

There have been demands for answers as to how the blaze was able to engulf the building, trapping many on the upper floors.

On Friday, British newspapers heightened their criticism of the government, saying there were a series of unanswered issues including as to whether the cladding used on the building helped the blaze spread. They essentially consist of two thin layers of aluminium sandwiched around a lightweight insulating material.

It is thought that contractors chose the cheaper, more combustible version for Grenfell, which has a polyethylene core and is known as PE. "Families must not face the indignity of having to hand over reams of personal and financial paperwork - which a lot of them will no longer have for obvious reasons - to the overworked and bureaucratic Legal Aid Agency", she said.

Arnold Turling, a member of the Association of Specialist Fire Protection, told The Daily Telegraph that the panels acted as a "wind tunnel".

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said they still did not know the cause of the fire, where it started or why it spread in such a way.

According to the Times of London, the cladding's manufacturer said its use is banned in the United States on high-rise buildings "because of the fire and smoke spread".

Police said on Friday that they had identified the place where the fire originated, and disclosed that it was unlikely to have been started deliberately.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan was heckled during a visit to the site yesterday (Thursday) and Theresa May has been attacked for not meeting local people during her low-key visit. Her government is also due to launch hard Brexit talks with the European Union on Monday.

Pictures showing the charred insides of a flat in the tower block reveal blackened appliances lined up against the wall while charred possessions are scattered across the floor.

Nicholas Paget-Brown, leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, which owns the building, told the BBC that sprinklers were not fitted "because that would have delayed and made the refurbishment of the block more disruptive".

London Police Commander Stuart Cundy said the priority now was to "recover and identify all the victims".

"This is an absolutely very bad fire that took place".

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