London fire: Death toll soars to 30


Smoke billows as firefighters deal with a serious fire in a tower block at Latimer Road in West London, Britain June 14, 2017.

(AP Photo/Tim Ireland). People demonstrate demanding answers over the Grenfell Tower fire, in London, Friday June 16, 2017.

Firefighters searching the smoldering ruin in west London have recovered six bodies from the 24-story Grenfell Tower, while 11 others have been located but can not yet be removed from the gutted structure.

Scuffles broke out near the Kensington and Chelsea town hall offices as demonstrators chanting "We want justice!" surged toward the doors.

Hundreds have been left homeless by the blaze, putting more pressure on officials in a city already plagued by a chronic housing shortage. Some observers asked whether hazards in the Grenfell complex, which had 120 apartments that housed as many as 600 people, were ignored because its residents are mainly poor.

More than 70 people are believed to be unaccounted for since the blaze, which police fear was so devastating that some victims may never be identified. They live a few minutes away, in the prestigious Holland Park area. Afterwards, the prime minister's auto was chased by protesters unhappy with the government's response to the tragedy.

That's partly to avoid repeated, unnecessary evacuations that cause people eventually to ignore such orders when they really matter.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Cambridge visited the area to meet residents and community representatives on Friday.

Prime Minister Theresa May faced criticism for failing to meet residents when she made a low-key visit ot the scene Thursday.

Confirming the latest death toll, Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said the tower remained "in a very hazardous state" but there was "nothing to suggest at this time that the fire was started deliberately".

A criminal investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding the blaze. "I absolutely get why they're angry", Green said.

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Aluminum composite panels essentially consist of two thin layers of aluminum sandwiched around a lightweight insulating material. One version of the product [has] a polyethylene core, the other version is around a fire-retardant mineral core.

The fire at the 24-story building has led to community anger and protests over the British government's response.

The International Building Code calls for the use of fire-resistant cores in buildings over 40 feet (12 meters) tall to slow the spread of flames. It did not address the exact makeup of the panels.

He said today: 'I welcome the announcement of a full independent Public Inquiry, but we can not afford to wait years for the outcome'. "At this time, we are not aware of any link between the fire and the exterior cladding to the tower".

On social media sites, family members posted pictures of their loved ones missing after the fire desperately pleading for information about their whereabouts. Whole families are said to be among the missing.

Almost 110 families made homeless from the blaze are being housed at hotels in west London.

London Fire Brigade has been contacted for more detail on the suspension and how long it is expected to be in place.

The Queen and Duke of Cambridge went to temporary relief centres where they met volunteers and residents who had lost everything.

Forensic experts said the fire at Grenfell was so hot it could be compared to a cremation, which is going to make it hard to identify those who lost their lives.

London's mayor, who took over from Boris Johnson who closed fire services, also wrote to the Prime Minister.