Grenfell Tower fire death toll reaches 79


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The mother also claimed that the morning after the blaze, fire alarms in her block which had been broken for five years, had been fixed.

Police have now confirmed that 79 people are now dead or missing after the fire in north Kensington, meanwhile sorrow has turned to anger amid questions around materials used to clad the buildings, the government's response and the way victims were treated have been raised.

In a statement, Mr Disson's family said: "Our family are devastated at receiving the news that Tony sadly did not survive the fire at Grenfell Tower". It was about 1am, she came with her husband.

She says there is total chaos in the borough.

He said "the bad reality is that we may not be able to identify all those that died" inside what is now a blackened and charred shell.

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton told BBC Radio 4's Today programme she could understand the "absolute frustration and misery" of people concerned about loved ones who had not yet been identified, but that it was critical to go through the process properly.

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"Occupy it, compulsory purchase it, requisition it - there's a lot of things you can do", Corbyn said on Sunday during an interview on ITV.

"Work is taking place to assess the housing needs of all Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk families to identify suitable accommodation in Kensington and Chelsea and neighbouring boroughs,"GRT said". The fire has led to national soul-searching about inequalities and neglect of the poor.

The investigation will include areas such as the construction, renovation and maintenance of the building and fire safety procedures, he said.

The rest are missing presumed dead and Mr Cundy said "the bad reality is that we may not be able to identify all those that died" inside what is now a blackened and charred shell.

"So, we are adding an extra session about how writers can find ways to use the power of language to say something useful, something helpful, something powerful about this man-made disaster".

Scotland Yard thinks that number could still change - although not by as much as it has in the past few days.