58 people in London apartment are missing and presumed dead in fire


58 people in London apartment are missing and presumed dead in fire

Toronto Fire officials spoke out after the Grenfell Tower inferno to assure residents that protections in the Ontario Building Code and routine fire safety inspections will prevent a similar incident here.

The PM has ordered a public inquiry into the blaze, as the cladding used to insulate the tower block and the building's safety measures have come under scrutiny.

He said: "I thought the way they expressed themselves with a mixture of passion and reason was fantastic, and I hope it's the beginning of a process, not the end of a process, the beginning of a process of real listening between Government, RBKC (the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council), local residents, that will bring about lasting change".

Chancellor Philip Hammond said the cladding, which has been blamed for spreading the fire, is banned in Britain.

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

"My understanding is that the cladding that was reported wasn't in accordance with United Kingdom building regulations", Hands told Sky News. "But we need to make sure that that actually happens".

Aluminum cladding with insulation sandwiched between two panels has been blamed for helping to spread flames in major fires in many parts of the world, including blazes in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the United States. "It will also be a subject that the separate criminal investigation will look at".

He said all records - including emails, minutes of meetings, correspondence with contractors, safety assessments, specifications and reports - must be kept intact.

In the Commons on February 6, 2014, Lewis said: "We believe that it is the responsibility of the fire industry, rather than the Government, to market fire sprinkler systems effectively and to encourage their wider installation".

Commander Stuart Cundy said "my heart goes out to those affected". He has not provided details about the inquiry. Hours before the fund was announced, London's Mayor Sadiq Khan wrote an open letter to May over the perceived lack of government response. "The country has witnessed a succession of awful tragedies".

"There is a feeling of the community that they've been treated badly because some of them are poor", Khan said.

London has a chronic housing shortage even in the best of times, and those left homeless by the fire - already angry over what they see as government inequity and incompetence - fear being forced out of the British capital.

She will meet victims, volunteers and community leaders afterwards. She will receive daily reports from the stricken neighbourhood, where hundreds of people have been displaced.

In addition, British health authorities will provide long-term bereavement counselling for those who lost loved ones in the tragedy.

Anger about the government's handling of Britain's worst building fire in decades surged Friday, as Londoners heckled Prime Minister Theresa May and stormed the headquarters of a local council to protest what they saw as a slow and inadequate response.

The meeting comes amid criticism levelled at the Prime Minister for not meeting those caught up in the fire in the immediate wake of the tragedy which killed at least 30 people, with the figure expected to rise.

Police said they are using the INTERPOL Disaster Victim Identification Standards to identify the deceased.

Among the questions being asked are whether the owner of the building took any shortcuts in its use of construction materials, including the installation of external cladding, part of a renovation completed past year, that may have accelerated the fire's spread: It took only 15 minutes to take hold across the tower block.