At 58 casualties, it would make the Grenfell Tower blaze the deadliest in the capital since the Second World War.
The ferocious blaze that gutted a London high-rise last week and left 58 people presumed dead was a "preventable accident" that followed "years of neglect" from the government, the city's mayor said Sunday.
Smoke billows from a tower block severly damaged by a serious fire, in north Kensington, West London, Britain June 14, 2017.
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. Attention has focused on materials used during the renovation process completed a year ago. British media have reported that contractors installed a cheaper, less flame-resistant type of exterior paneling on the 24-story tower in a renovation that was completed just previous year.
The move follows widespread criticism of the local Kensington and Chelsea Council's performance as residents of the 24-storey Grenfell Tower, which was engulfed in fire early on Wednesday, condemned the relief efforts and lack of information.
All Government buildings will mark the silence, at 11am on Monday, and other organisations may also observe it.
May said she expected to announce the name of the judge for a public inquiry within a few days.
The queen's official birthday is marked in June when the weather is often nicer than in April, the actual month of her birth.
NHS England says the injured are being treated in four London hospitals.
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They demanded justice for the victims and claimed Wednesday's fatal blaze was due to negligence, with many citing the new cladding put on the 1974 concrete tower.
The tragedy has provoked a huge response from nearby communities.
The statement came after May met volunteers and some of the people made homeless by the fire.
"Are there other tower blocks across London and across the country that have that cladding?"
She has promised to set up a public inquiry and pledged 5 million pounds ($6.39 million) of support, housing guarantees and help with access to bank accounts and cash.
Government staff was sent into the council office to manage the response to the fire after residents complained they had received little support or information from local officials, the BBC reported Sunday.
Earlier this week, May was confronted by protesters furious over her handling of the Grenfell Tower disaster.
Many are demanding answers for how the blaze spread so quickly. There is also a real possibility that there may be people in the building that no one knows are missing.
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