2nd LD: Protesters storm local town hall over London fire

2nd LD: Protesters storm local town hall over London fire

2nd LD: Protesters storm local town hall over London fire

Hundreds of people have taken to the streets of central London to demand more help for those affected by the tower block fire tragedy.

Ms Alia Al-Ghabbani, a receptionist who lives in the estate, was among many angered by a recent refurbishment in which new cladding was added to the exterior of the building and which media reports said might have played a part in the rapid spread of the fire.

Hands cautioned Sunday that investigators still don't know exactly what cladding was used when the building renovation was completed previous year.

(AP Photo/Tim Ireland). People demonstrate demanding answers over the Grenfell Tower fire, in London, Friday June 16, 2017.

Dozens of protesters also stormed Kensington and Chelsea town hall on Friday shouting "we want justice" and "not 17" - referring to the previously announced official number of dead, which has now risen to 30.

Service on two London Underground lines has been partially suspended because of concerns about the safety of the high-rise in the fire that killed at least 30 people.

"This number 58 may change". British media have reported that contractors installed a cheaper, less flame-resistant type of exterior paneling on the 24-story tower in a renovation that was completed just a year ago.

Cundy added that the death toll could rise.

Earlier, Commander Cundy said of the death toll: "I'd like to hope that it isn't going to be triple figures".

Alongside both police and fire investigations into the blaze, she has promised to set up a public inquiry.

Trade Minister Greg Hands said the government is carrying out an "urgent inspection" of the roughly 2,500 similar tower blocks across Britain to assess their safety, while an opposition lawmaker urged the government to quickly secure documents in the Grenfell renovation for the criminal probe.

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Six people were injured during the attack, including two congressmen , a congressional aide, a lobbyist and two police officers. Mika and the other victims were honored at the annual congressional charity baseball game at Nationals Park on Thursday night.

"I have ordered that more staff be deployed across the area, wearing high visibility clothing, so they can easily be found, dispense advice and ensure the right support is provided", May said after a meeting with survivors at her Downing Street office on Saturday. The British government has announced a 5 million-pound ($6.3 million) emergency fund for the victims.

"But, frankly, the support on the ground for families who needed help or basic information in the initial hours after this appalling disaster was not good enough".

Around 70 people are missing, according to Britain's Press Association, and identification of the victims is proving very hard.

She said her visits to London and Manchester -- the latter the site of a terror attack last month - have highlighted the people who offer comfort and support those affected.

Metropolitan Police said the pictures were taken from inside apartments where they know people have been accounted for. Officials are using dental records, fingerprints and DNA samples to try to positively identify the victims.

Earlier on Saturday, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip observed a moment of silence to honor the victims.

Mohammed Alhajali, a 23-year-old Syrian refugee whose brother said he had died in the fire, was formally identified as the first victim by Mr Cundy.

But when she was asked in an interview on Newsnight on Friday night about whether she had misread the public mood, she sidestepped the question.

Meanwhile, fury has grown in the local community at what people say is a slow response from authorities and a failure to inform families and friends about the fate of loved ones.

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

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