Death toll from London inferno rises to 58

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Most major cities with many high-rise buildings have detailed building codes and fire safety rules requiring several layers of protections in tall buildings. 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 five people who had been reported as missing in the fire had now been found and were safe and well.

"In an emergency, you have to bring all assets to the table in order to deal with that crisis and that's what I think we should be doing in this case".

Police announced they had opened a criminal investigation into the inferno a few days ago, with the probe resulting in the prosecution of anyone judged responsible for building or design failures that caused the blaze.

Police have appealed to anyone who may have escaped from the building, but has not yet come forward, to make themselves known.

Cundy added it was hard to say how many people were missing, but he said police did not expect to find any survivors in the search of the tower.

Metropolitan Police Stuard Cundy said: "Sadly, our work will be ongoing for many, many weeks". The group left after a meeting that lasted more than two hours but did not speak to reporters gathered outside.

Shortly after Saturday's meeting, Downing Street released a strongly-worded statement in which the Prime Minister said support in the immediate aftermath of the fire "was not good enough".

Help will be given to residents who do not have bank accounts.

Britain's Press Association reported that some 70 people were missing after compiling a list of verified reports.

British health authorities say that 19 fire survivors are still being treated at London hospitals, and 10 of them remain in critical condition.

Earlier today, Scotland Yard expressed fears that all the victims of the massive fire that engulfed a 24-storey tower in west London may never be identified.

Officials are using dental records, fingerprints and DNA samples to try and positively identify victims.

A minute's silence was held across Britain at 1000 GMT (6.00 a.m. ET) to honor the victims of the fire - a painfully familiar ritual after the country has been hit by three deadly attacks by Islamist extremists in London and Manchester since March.

She said earlier that the national mood is somber but that Britain is resolute in the face of adversity. 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.

On Friday angry protesters chanting "We want justice" stormed their way into the Kensington and Chelsea town hall to try to confront the leaders of the local council.

Mr Hammond said the public inquiry set up by the Government following the tragedy would also examine if rules had been broken.

There are questions about why the block was not fitted with sprinklers or a central smoke alarm, and whether a recent refurbishment, including new external cladding, helped fuel the flames. British officials have ordered a review of other buildings that have had similar renovations.

On Friday, she was heckled on a visit to the North Kensington estate, and protesters marching on Friday and Saturday called for her resignation.

Anger flared in the Kensington community over the weekend - with many protests taking place across the capital - as some accused the authorities of withholding information and responding inadequately. There is ample food and water, but very little privacy or proper bedding, and with the tower destroyed, no one knows where they will be relocated or for how long.

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