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At least 58 confirmed dead in London tower block fire


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At least 58 confirmed dead in London tower block fire

Police in London now say at least 58 people died in the Grenfell Tower disaster, and with dozens
still missing the final casualty figures could reach three figures.

With street protests and a public outcry growing Prime Minister Theresa May met survivors for two
and a half hours in Downing Street, and she admitted the authorities’ response had been inadequate.

“That number 58 may change. I really hope it won’t. But it may increase. Our focus has been on those that
we know were in there that we’ve been told were in Grenfell tower. However, there may be other people
who were in there on the night that others were not aware were there,” warned Metropolitan police
Commander Stuart Cundy.

Former residents of the 120-flat block, housing organisation and faith group representatives formed the
Downing Street delegation, and on leaving the meeting with May had little to say.

Church services have begun to honour the dead, but only one victim has been identified up to now
and the process of identification and subsequent burial or cremation means it could be months before the first
funerals take place.

Until then, the blackened tower serves as a collective gravestone.

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