Building officials have not commented since the fire.
'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. Grief over a London high-rise tower fire that killed dozens turned to outrage Friday amid reports that the materials used in a r. Protesters demanding to know how fire could tear rapidly through social housing as residents slept.
Her government is trying to make up ground in reacting to a fire that trapped people in their beds in the early hours of Wednesday, with many unable to escape as the flames raced up the building, cutting off exit routes and forcing some to jump. 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.
Alongside both police and fire investigations into the blaze, she has promised to set up a public inquiry.
People who are traumatised and grief-stricken, who have lost their homes and all their belongings or who are searching for missing relatives, are looking to the government and various agencies to help them at this awful time. The protesters were angered when no one from the council came out to address their concerns, reporters said.
Police said Saturday that their investigation would look at the building and its 2016 refurbishment, and vowed to bring prosecutions "if there is evidence".
"People raised these concerns, people were expressing issues regarding the safety and unsafe living conditions", says Lancaster West Residents Association chairwoman Olesea Matcovschi.
Many residents are still unaccounted for, and police said some remains may never be identified.
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London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Sunday after attending a church service several blocks from the tower that the fatal blaze was entirely preventable.
She said the Government would offer resources beyond the £5m already committed to helping those displaced by the fire if necessary, and announced a deadline of three weeks for families to be found another home "nearby" to the Kensington area of the fire.
"Given the magnitude and the scale of the crisis, this will clearly not be sufficient and I therefore await information regarding further plans", he said.
The identification of the victims is proving very hard - which experts attribute to the extreme heat of the fire. But in an interview about the fire, May ducked the questions. This relies on dental records, fingerprints and DNA when possible and also features like tattoos or scars.
On Saturday, protestors had gathered at Whitehall and demanded her resignation. "All our warnings fell on deaf ears and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable", the group said after the fire broke out, according to the Associated Press. This year, however, it is very hard to escape a very sombre national mood.
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.
Frustration has been mounting in recent days as information about those still missing in the blaze has been scanty and efforts to find temporary housing for the hundreds of now-homeless tower residents have faltered. British officials have ordered a review of other buildings that have had similar renovations.
Londoners and others have also donated huge amounts of food, water and clothing, and shelter, to survivors. Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centres.