Grenfell tower fire death toll rises to 58


grenfellLondon police have raised the number of confirmed or presumed dead to 58 following the horrific inferno that turned the city’s Grenfell Tower public housing block into a charred hulk.

British media have reported that contractors installed a cheaper, less flame-resistant type of exterior panelling on the 24-story tower in a renovation that was completed just last year.

Police Commander Stuart Cundy said the number of 58 was based on reports from the public and may rise.

It includes 30 deaths that already have been confirmed, and reports of people who are missing and presumed to have been killed.

He said it would take weeks or longer to recover and identify all the dead at the building.

“Sadly, at this time there are 58 people who we have been told were in the Grenfell Tower on the night that are missing,” he said.

“Therefore, sadly, I have to assume that they are dead.”

He said police would consider criminal prosecutions if there is evidence of wrongdoing and that the police investigation would include scrutiny of the renovation project at the tower

Police have been struggling to come up with an authoritative list of who was in the building when the fire started, making it difficult to determine how many had died.

Mr Cundy said there may have been other people in the tower who police are not aware of, and that could increase the death toll.

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