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Grenfell Tower fire: 79 now believed to have died

However, that new number may yet change, as the search and recovery operation in Grenfell Tower continues


 
(Toby Melville/Reuters)

(Toby Melville/Reuters)

London police said Monday that 79 people were now believed to have died in the high-rise apartment building fire.

Police Commander Stuart Cundy gave the new figure during a statement outside Scotland Yard, saying it includes both people who were confirmed dead and others who are missing and presumed dead. It’s an increase from the previous number of 58.

The new number may change as the investigation continues, Cundy said. He said that the search and recovery operation in the 24-story Grenfell Tower continues, he said, adding that it has been incredibly distressing for families.

“It’s hard to describe the devastation the fire has caused,” Cundy said, fighting back tears as he spoke.

He said it had been “incredibly emotional working in there … On Saturday, I went in myself and went to the top floor.”

He told reporters the “awful reality” was that it might not be possible to identify all the victims.

Cundy said that authorities were continuing to investigate whether any crimes had been committed in the fire. Two British officials said Sunday that new exterior cladding used in a renovation of the high-rise may have been banned under U.K. building regulations.


 
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Grenfell Tower fire: 79 now believed to have died

  1. The fire spread up the building on the recently installed ‘cladding’? That cladding wouldn’t be ‘construction grade styrofoam’, with a concrete ‘parging’ coat would it? The same high grade construction used in almost almost every new building to-day? It may not burn but it melts, drips off and removes the concrete with it.

    But how did the fire which was extinguished inside the building early on , get back into the building from the outside cladding?