London Police Say 58 People Assumed Dead in Tower Block Blaze

LONDON — British police said that 58 people were now assumed to have died in this week’s blaze at a London tower block.

“Sadly at this time, there are 58 people who we have been told were in Grenfell Tower on the night that are missing and therefore sadly I have to assume that they are dead,” Commander Stuart Cundy told reporters, adding that the figure could change.

Police had previously put the death toll at 30. Cundy said the figure of 58 included that toll given earlier.

(Reporting by Kate Holton and Alistair Smout; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)


LONDON—London police said Saturday that 58 people were presumed dead from the high-rise tower fire earlier this week, but warned the number might change as the search operation continues.

The number included the previously announced death toll of 30, London police commander Stuart Cundy said.

The fire ripped through the hulking 24-story tower in west London early Wednesday.

Critics have questioned whether officials were too slow to address concerns about fire-safety measures in low-income housing. On Friday, protesters barged into a meeting at the town of the local council responsible for the building, chanting “We want justice!” and “Shame on you!”

A focus of attention has been the aluminum cladding on the building’s recently refurbished exterior, and whether the material contributed to the fire’s quick spread.

Residents, who had complained for years that the building wasn’t fire-safe, have questioned how a disaster of such severity could happen in a country as wealthy as the U.K. and said the government and local officials hadn’t done enough to help them in its aftermath.

Some have directed their ire at Prime Minister Theresa May, who met injured people in the hospital on Friday after coming under intense criticism for not meeting with residents during a private visit to the scene the previous day, blaming security concerns.

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