Banned materials suspected in London fire

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Corbyn said on Sunday that the government has the power to take over empty apartments and offer them to the hundreds of Grenfell Tower residents left homeless by Wednesday's fire.

Public anger is mounting as residents and neighbors demand answers for how the blaze early Wednesday spread so quickly and trapped so numerous tower's 600-odd residents. "The work to search the building is challenging, but naturally could never be done quickly enough for those now having to live with the uncertainty of knowing where their loved ones are".

Philip Hammond told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show: "My understanding is the cladding in question, this flammable cladding which is banned in Europe and the USA, is also banned here".

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

The 1974 concrete building had recently been fitted with new insulation cladding.

"As we do everything we can to help them, we will make sure they have the counselling and emotional support they need in the hard days, weeks and years ahead". It is feared many are trapped inside the blazing building as the fire broke out in the wee hours of 14 June.

"The response of the emergency services, National Health Service and the community has been heroic", the prime minister said in a statement.

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Cundy says the new number may change as investigation continues.

Police also identified the first known victim of the fire, 23-year-old Mohammed Al-Habjali, who lived in Grenfell Tower. He has not provided details about the inquiry.

Fire safety experts believe that cladding used on the building's exterior may have fuelled the blaze. They feel they have been ignored because they are poor, he said.

Tailored bereavement support for families of the victims, those missing or people affected by the tragedy will also be provided.

Anger among residents has been mounting in recent days as information about the missing has been scant and efforts to find temporary housing have faltered.

Having ordered an emergency aid package for the fire survivors and a full public inquiry into the incident, Prime Minister Theresa May held a meeting Saturday with some of the survivors and family members of victims at a government office. She also says she will receive daily reports from the stricken neighborhood. Counsellors are already working with 52 families.

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