Britain's May Meets with Victims of Deadly High-rise Blaze

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Authorities in London said Saturday that 58 people missing are presumed dead from this week's fire disaster at a high-rise tower. 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 a year ago.

Cundy said the figure of 58 included that toll given earlier. "And therefore, sadly, I have to assume that they are dead", he said, as quoted by AP. He promised an exhaustive investigation into the fire which would include scrutiny of the renovation works on the block which some experts believe may have left the building more vulnerable to the catastrophic blaze. She said many identifications would probably be done via dental records, predicting that such samples would be more likely found from people who died of smoke inhalation, rather than those killed by the fire itself.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, criticized shortly after the blaze for failing to meet with victims, says the public inquiry looking into the tragedy will report directly to her.

Residents affected by the Grenfell Tower atrocity were passionate and angry during a lengthy exchange with Theresa May, according to a bishop who sat with them.

She also said the government had now contacted all local authorities in England asking them to identify any safety concerns in light of the tragedy.

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The company that installed the cladding, Harley Facades Limited, said in a statement Wednesday that it was "not aware of any link between the fire and the exterior cladding to the tower".

He said that a team of some 250 investigators were now working on the case, with a primary aim being to identify victims and inform their loved ones as soon as possible. They paid their respects before the start of the annual Trooping the Color procession that marks the observance of the queen's birthday.

Scuffles broke out near the Kensington and Chelsea town hall offices Friday as demonstrators chanting "We want justice!" surged toward the doors. The building was gutted by a fast-moving fire early Wednesday, claiming at least 58 lives. Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centers.

"The prime minister needs to act immediately to ensure that all evidence is protected so that everyone culpable for what happened at Grenfell Tower is held to account and feels the full force of the law", Lammy said, suggesting that contractors might be destroying evidence before it is sought by police.

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