58 people missing and presumed dead in London fire; number may increase

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"United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favor, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss".

After a turbulent three months which has seen three militant attacks and now the tower blaze, Queen Elizabeth said "it is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", in a message on her official birthday. "In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession of awful tragedies".

It tore through all floors of the building and took more than 200 firefighters and 24 hours to bring it under control. Government and ministers will cooperate fully. But in an interview about the fire, May ducked the questions. Some have even referred to it as her Hurricane Katrina moment. When Mrs May finally went out to meet with victims at St Clement's Church on Friday - one of several sites near the tower offering clothes, food and toiletries to victims and their loved ones - she was heckled with shouts of "Coward!".

As the victims of the fire entered the Downing Street, hundreds of demonstrators had gathered in Whitehall to protest against the prime minister.

British Labour MP David Lammy called for arrests to be made over what he labelled "corporate manslaughter", lambasting Britain's public housing crisis which he says has left towers like Grenfell in appalling condition. "Are there other tower blocks across London and across the country that have that cladding?"

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On the lack of sprinklers in Grenfell Tower, and other buildings, he said: "My understanding is that the best expert advice is that retrofitting sprinklers may not always be the best technical way of ensuring fire safety in a building".

They added that local residents should be "consulted at all stages and that we should be listened to" in dealing with the fallout from the tragedy.

Sixteen bodies have been removed from the blackened 24-story public housing unit and the first victim has been formally identified as Mohammed Alhajali, a 23-year-old Syrian refugee.

'As London faith representatives, our united minds, hearts and prayers are with everyone in Grenfell Tower and with the families and friends of all those who are impacted.

Today, Prime Minister Theresa May announced a 5 million pound ($6.4 million) fund to help the families impacted by the fire, and The Associated Press reports that it "includes a guarantee to rehouse people as close as possible to where they previously lived".

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