Death toll rises to 17, no more survivors: Police

Dhaka,  Thu,  24 August 2017
Published : 15 Jun 2017, 16:41:35
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Death toll rises to 17, no more survivors: Police

Rescuers do not expect to find anyone else alive in the west London block of flats which was engulfed by a massive fire, the fire service says.

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said there were still "unknown numbers" of people in the smouldering ruins of Grenfell Tower, in north Kensington.

People have been desperately seeking news of missing family and friends, after 17 people were confirmed dead.

The Queen has said her "thoughts and prayers" are with families.

More than 30 people remain in hospital - 17 of whom are in a critical condition.

Prime Minister Theresa May, who made a brief private visit to the scene, has promised a full investigation, as questions are asked about the speed at which the fire spread.

Firefighters were called to the 24-storey residential tower at 00:54 BST on Wednesday, at a time when hundreds of people were inside, most of them sleeping.

Many were woken by neighbours, or shouts from below, and fled the building. Fire crews rescued 65 adults and children, but some stayed in their homes, trapped by smoke and flames.

On Thursday morning, Fire Commissioner Cotton said a brief search of all floors in the tower had been carried out but the severity of the fire and amount of debris meant a thorough search would be "difficult and painstaking".

The building is to be shored up before more thorough work can begin inside.

The cause of the fire, which took more than 24 hours to bring under control, remains unknown.

 
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