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Vigil held for London fire victims as rage grows
June 18, 2017 | 1:04 PM
by Times TV
 
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Hundreds gather for a candlelit vigil in west London, near to the tower block that was destroyed by fire this week, killing at least 30 people. Pressure is piling on the government over its handling of the disaster.

So much grief, so few answers.

A vigil in west London, close to the charred shell of Grenfell tower, where at least 30 people perished in a fire this week.

As many as 70 people are still missing, according to local residents and media reports, though the police haven't confirmed that number.London's fire brigade expects it to take weeks, even months, to search the block's 24 precarious floors.



Some victims may never be identified.

Anger boiling over in west London Friday (June 16). Protesters demanding to know how fire could tear rapidly through social housing as residents slept.

Calling for justice, they stormed Kensington's town hall, near Grenfell tower.

People want answers to a number of questions - did the cladding recently fitted to the building help spread the blaze?

It has now emerged that the maker of the cladding panels advised against using them in high-rise buildings.

Questions too over whether local authority cuts and a lack of fire prevention measures contributed to the disaster.

The police pledging to figure out if there are criminal acts of negligence behind the fire.

Prime Minister Theresa May, increasingly a focal point for wrath, bundled away under police guard after meeting residents Friday.

She drew fury by failing to meet locals and victims when she went to the scene of the disaster on Thursday.

A visit Friday to a local hospital, and the promise of a public inquiry, far from assuaging that anger.

A royal visit better received though.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince William meeting members of the emergency services and affected locals.

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