People Still Missing After Grenfell Tower Fire Assumed Dead

People attend a minute's silence for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire near the site of the blaze in North Kensington London Britain

Fire swept through the 24-storey block in North Kensington, west London, shortly before 1:00am on 13 June. "There is also a real possibility that there may be people in the building that no one knows are missing", he added.

He added that teams and families of missing loved ones must prepare for "the bad reality" that some of those who died in the fire may never be identified due to the intensity of the fire.

The revised death toll comes as images showing the burned-out interior of the London tower block are released.

Only five victims have been formally identified - and Cundy said that because of the fire's intensity and the devastation it caused, authorities may not be able to identify everybody who died.

"On Saturday I went in myself and went to the top floor", he said.

Only five victims of the blaze have so far been indentified.

"Sadly, the nature of injuries caused by such an intense fire will mean the identification process will take some time".

A £5 million ($8.36 million) fund has been set up for emergency supplies, food and clothing.

The devastating fire erupted in the early hours of June 14 trapping several sleeping residents at the 24-storey Grenfell tower.

Controversy is also erupting over the Grenfell Tower's exterior cladding, with two British ministers saying the cladding used in a recent renovation may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations. "There is a feeling from the community of they've been treated badly for some of them are poor, some of them are from deprived backgrounds, some of them may be asylum seekers and refugees".

Gaps in Grenfell's cladding acted as a chimney for the fire once it spread to the outside of the building, allowing flames to quickly rise and engulf the tower.

"I welcome the Prime Minister's statement today ordering a full public enquiry into the fire at Grenfell Tower".

"My understanding is that the cladding that was reported wasn't in accordance with United Kingdom building regulations", Hands told Sky News.

The UK's opposition Labour party launched a stinging attack of the Conservative government in the wake of the fire, underscoring the role austere economic policies may have had in the disaster.

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Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy warned families and friends anyone still missing was presumed dead.

She said more help will be sent to the scene to help survivors cope and find alternative housing.

The silence was also observed in offices and government buildings across the country.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a public inquiry - led by a judge - into the disaster, while Scotland Yard has confirmed that it has launched a criminal probe.

Police said the search for remains had resumed after pausing on Friday because of safety concerns. "We are therefore asking local authorities and other registered providers of social housing to identify whether any panels used in new build or refurbishment are a particular type of cladding made of ACM".

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