79 people presumed dead in London high-rise fire


British authorities said Monday that 79 people were now confirmed dead or missing after the June 14 London high-rise fire that has infuriated the British public and placed pressure on the government of Prime Minister Theresa May.

At least 58 people, who are missing, are presumed to have died in the Grenfell Tower fire, London police said.

Speaking to SkyNews on Sunday, Labour MP David Lammy said some contractors working on the Grenfell Tower were removing evidence of their work after the last week inferno that killed dozens of people in the 24-story building.

Mr Cundy said the death toll - which increased from 58 - could still change as investigations continue, but not as significantly as it has previously.

British officials say they are helping the Syrian family of the first officially confirmed victim of the London tower blaze to come to Britain.

Speaking to journalists after attending a church service in the shadow of the burned out tower block this morning, Khan said the fire that is believed to have claimed at least 58 lives was a "preventable accident".

"It is really important that we are clear about the scale of the challenge facing us as our teams search Grenfell Tower to recover those people still inside and return them to their loved ones", he said in a statement.

"Equally, there may be people who thankfully may have managed to escape the fire and for whatever reason have not let their family or friends or police know", he said.

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Britain observed a moment of silence at 11 a.m. Monday in remembrance of the victims.

Cundy also added that some of the families who were living in the building have lost more than one member, according to The Telegraph.

An investigation into the fire is ongoing, which will include inquiries into how the building was constructed, the recent refurbishment, and fire safety measures. Some said they had never seen a building fire advance so quickly.

"We have been from the top to the bottom of Grenfell Tower".

However, five people who were originally reported as missing have since been found safe and well.

The fire has also become a symbol of class inequality - the Grenfell Tower's charred remains stand high above one of the British capital's wealthiest neighbourhoods. We investigate criminal matters. They say their complaints were ignored - and fear it was because the tower was full of poor people in a hugely wealthy neighborhood.

Engineering experts and fire safety specialists believe the building's exterior cladding may have quickly fueled the blaze, overwhelming fire protection devices.