London fire: 58 missing, presumed dead

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Some residents had warned months ago that the tower represented a risky fire risk. Emergency workers have reached the top of the 24-story tower, the AP reported. Grief over a high-rise tower blaze that killed dozens of p. "That 58 would include that 30", he told reporters here.

"From a personal perspective, I really hope it isn't", Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy said responding to speculation reported in The Telegraph and other media outlets that the number of dead could exceed 100.

It is feared many are trapped inside the blazing building as the fire broke out in the wee hours of Wednesday.

She added: "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".

Cundy said the search was paused over safety concerns Friday, but has since resumed.

"The scale of this tragedy is clearly proving too much for the local authority to cope with on their own", Mr Khan said in an open letter to Ms May.

British Prime Minister Theresa May sought yesterday to quell anger over a deadly tower block fire, meeting victims of the disaster in her 10 Downing Street office a day after protesters had jeered her when she visited local residents.

Ms May today announced a $NZ8.8 million fund following meeting with survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

He also warned the number of dead could rise further.

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Officials said due to the nature of their deaths, it's possible all of the victims of the fire might not be conclusively identified.

Some 19 patients are still being treated in hospital, of whom 10 are in a critical condition, the National Health Service said. "And once it's safe, they are going to go into the building", he said, in an attempt to calm the crowds. A solemn Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip held a minute of silence for the fire victims at the start of the procession Saturday.

"This should not be happening in the United Kingdom, this should never happen". Earlier in the day, the 91-year-old monarch described the country's mood as "somber" but insisted that Britain remained resolute during a hard time.

Asked repeatedly whether she had misread the public mood, May did not answer directly but said the focus was on providing support to the victims.

Hundreds have been left homeless by the blaze, putting more pressure on officials in a city already plagued by a chronic housing shortage.

Families searching for their loved ones have blanketed the area near the tower with posters searching for answers, and sorrow is quickly turning to anger over whether recent building works were properly done.

Three appeals on the JustGiving site have helped to raise the 3 million pounds, and London's Evening Standard newspaper has launched a separate appeal that has raised at least 1.5 million pounds ($1.9 million) by Saturday morning.

Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centers.