The new exterior cladding used in a renovation on London's Grenfell Tower may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations, two British ministers said Sunday as police continued their criminal investigation into the inferno that killed at least 58 people.
According to the Guardian, local residents became frustrated after May swiftly departed after her visit St Clement's church on Friday, leading to cries of "shame on you" and "coward" from a large crowd that had assembled to hear her speak.
Mayor Sadiq Khan was confronted by an angry young boy demanding answers to why a fire broke out in Grenfell Tower.
Fifty-eight people who were in Grenfell Tower are still missing and are presumed to be dead, London police announced Saturday, raising the death toll in the horrific inferno that turned the public housing block into a charred hulk.
As the protesters sought to gain entry to an upper floor, police tried to bar their way.
She said she has ordered daily progress reports on housing for those affected, and vowed the public inquiry into the disaster would be "open and transparent".
British Prime Minister Theresa May visited the injured in hospital on Friday but is herself under mounting criticism for not meeting victims of the blaze sooner. They say they will also use visual elements like tattoos and scars, in the painstaking process.
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The fire forced residents to flee through black smoke down the single stairwell, jump out of windows or even drop their children to safety. "People lost their lives on Tuesday".
Association chairman Gary Porter says that "fire risk assessments and the construction of buildings are being reviewed and double checks are being made to ensure remedial work recommended under previous assessments have been carried out".
The cause of Wednesday's blaze is still under investigation, but anger has mounted in the community amid reports that exterior paneling used in an extensive renovation completed a year ago may have spread the flames.
The first chilling footage has emerged from inside the fire-ravaged Grenfell Tower, showing the calamity faced by firefighters and residents.
Grenfell Tower residents had expressed a series of concerns to the local council, including the lack of sprinklers and the fact that it had a single staircase - a common feature of 1970s tower blocks.
The 23-year-old Alhajali is the only victim of the Grenfell Tower fire to be officially named as the hard process of identifying human remains continues.
The residential tower was built in 1974 and had been extensively refurbished in works that were completed previous year.
It said the company that manufactured the cladding also made fire-resistant models that cost fractionally more than the standard version.