London tower fire: 58 people missing presumed dead, say police

On Wednesday, the Grenfell apartment tower caught fire, the cause of which has not been established yet. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 17, 2017 9:09 pm
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At least 58 people, who are missing, are presumed to have died in the Grenfell Tower fire, London police said. “Sadly at this time, there are 58 people who we have been told were in Grenfell Tower on the night that are missing and therefore sadly I have to assume that they are dead,” Commander Stuart Cundy told reporters, insinuating the figure could change. Earlier the police figured the death toll at 30.

British Prime Minister Theresa met the families of the victims on Saturday and assured them a total compensation of $6.4 million for emergency costs and for finding homes in nearby locations within three weeks, according to Bloomberg.

Grenfell Tower, a 24-storey apartment block in North Kensington, West London, was set up in 1974. The building was run by Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) on behalf of Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council. Construction company Rydon made the refurbishment of the block worth Rs 8.7 million pound and was completed in July 2016. On Wednesday, the apartment tower caught fire, the cause of which has not been established yet.

Condoling the incident earlier, Londor Mayor Sadiq Khan said, “The bad news, I’m afraid, is lots of people died in the fire. There are a lot of brave firefighters and police and ambulance workers. And once it’s safe, they are going to go into the building,” he said while trying to pacify the crowd.”

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    The Wisdom Fund
    Jun 19, 2017 at 3:29 am
    WHY? 27-Storey Grenfell Tower, London, Stands. 47-Storey World Trade Center 7 Collapsed -- : twf /News/Y2017/0617-LondonFire World Trade Center had 7 buildings. WTC-7 was NOT hit by a plane.
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      ashok s
      Jun 18, 2017 at 6:27 am
      Why did fire hose didn't work ? What happened to fire extinguishers etc . two explosion were heard . a refrigerator on fire can't blow out full bldg
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        SK Gupta
        Jun 18, 2017 at 4:48 am
        I can't believe a whole 24 storey building could have been burnt in this fashion. It has to be deliberate Go- slow by fire fighting people ! Why are names not coming out. It has to be Blacks n Browns!
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          Jun 18, 2017 at 2:02 am
          Heard there was a Syrian refugee in the bldg as well difficult is it for a normal Muslim to radicalize ⁉️ What's the proof that nobody intentionally set a blaze