London tower fire: 79 now feared dead

Also on Sunday, the Metropolitan Police released three photos from inside Grenfell Tower, which showed in close detail how the fire charred the building that once housed up to 600 people in 120 apartments.

Vowing to be the "champion of the people", he said lessons must be learned from the tragedy, which is feared to have claimed the lives of at least 58 people.

Residents of the tower say May was far too slow to visit the stricken community, that the building had been unsafe, and that officials have failed to give enough information and support to those who have lost relatives and their homes.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is to meet victims of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster in her 10 Downing Street office on Saturday, officials said.

Mr Cundy said the death toll may still change, but not as significantly as it has in recent days.

"We've worked tirelessly to establish how many people we believe were in Grenfell Tower on the night and at this point in time we are unable to say that they are safe or well", he said.

"Yesterday afternoon following expert advice for the safety of our officers, from the Metropolitan Police the London fire brigade and the London Ambulance arrive, we had to pause that search and recovery".

Commander Cundy said: "I have investigated major crime for most of my service and I have seen some awful things".


Speaking to SkyNews on Sunday, Labour MP David Lammy said some contractors working on the Grenfell Tower were removing evidence of their work after the last week inferno that killed dozens of people in the 24-story building. Police have also opened up a criminal investigation.

"What is important for me is to find answers for those families who have been directly affected", he said.

He said: "The conditions due to the fire damage verge on indescribable, which is why this will be such a lengthy operation taking weeks to complete".

London's mayor, Sadiq Khan, called the fire a "preventable accident," and blamed the government's lack of care towards the poor.

A Book of Condolence for the victims of last week's fire at Grenfell Tower in London is to be opened at Belfast City Hall.

In addition, British health authorities will provide long-term bereavement counseling for those who lost loved ones in the tragedy.

At a daily briefing with reporters, May's spokeswoman said the terms of reference of a public inquiry into the tower blaze were being drafted. "This has not happened with these funds", they said.

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