London fire death toll rises to 17, number expected to increase

Prime Minister Theresa May ordered a full public inquiry into the disaster in response to mounting anger that the fire might have been preventable.

Among those showing their support is British singer Adele who visited Grenfell Tower on Thursday during the early morning hours.

Authorities said the cause of the blaze remained unclear and is under investigation.

The remains of a number of people are still inside the ruins of Grenfell Tower, in north Kensington. She returned to Downing Street without making any remarks.

Among those still missing were a young Italian couple. Gloria Trevisan and Marco Gottardi, both 27, lived on the 23rd floor.

The death toll stands at 17, but that could greatly increase, as rescue officials said they're not expecting to find any more survivors.

"Certainly, buildings shouldn't behave in the way that one did in the fire", Webb told CTV News Channel in an interview from Cambridge, U.K. on Thursday.

"Something clearly affected the fire protection". Some jumped to their deaths rather than face the flames, and witnesses reported seeing small children thrown from the tower by their families in a desperate bid to survive.

Concerns had also been raised about exposed gas pipes weeks before the devastating blaze.

I would like to give thanks to the firefighters who risked their lives to save the lives of others, and the police and the paramedics who did the same.

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About 600 people were believed to have been inside the tower's 120 flats, many of them asleep, when the blaze ripped through the building.

This advice has been known to work in buildings that are well compartmentalised, preventing the rapid spread of the fire from floor to floor. "The severity and the heat of the fire will mean that it will be an absolute miracle for anyone to be left alive".

Cotton says that firefighters are having trouble with the aftermath. "We need to have an explanation of this; we owe that to the families, to the people who have lost loved ones, friends and the homes in which they lived", she added.

The London Fire Brigade said it received the first reports of the blaze at 12:54 a.m. and the first engines arrived within six minutes. "It was more about making it look better for the people who want to regenerate the estate", said told the Guardian. She said they had only managed to search about half of the building "in detail".

-A previous version of this item has corrected the day of Cotton's comments to Thursday, not Wednesday.

Community centers have been overwhelmed by the food and clothing donations flooding in for those left homeless and have started turning away new donations.

Dr Smith said he put out a further five proposals last month to further tighten safety on high-rises. Dozens of others have been hospitalized. The many residents I met today are very angry too; their concerns about the building were not responded to and their questions were not answered.

Earlier May visited the scene of the disaster in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Grenfell Tower in West London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey block.

Local residents say there had been repeated warnings about the safety of the building, which recently underwent an 8.7 million pound ($11.1 million) exterior refurbishment, which included new external cladding and windows.

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