Moment of silence for London fire victims

  • Moment of silence for London fire victims

Moment of silence for London fire victims

Commander Stuart Cundy said five victims had been formally identified but would not give further details.

He fought back tears as he told reporters about the scene inside the 24-storey tower in north Kensington.

But now, The Independent has confirmed that the family have not suffered from any casualties, one the daughters confirmed on Facebook that they were not injured but have lost everything.

At least 12 people are dead after fire tore through Grenfell Tower, 78 are being treated in hospital while dozens remain missing.

But he warned that not everyone would be identifiable and the operation would take "many, many weeks".

He said it had been "incredibly emotional working in there".

"It's hard to describe the devastation the fire has caused", Cundy added, saying that the authorities are investigating whether any crimes had been committed in the fire.

One of the family's daughters said the community had been "very nice" and the family were getting help.

However, five people who were originally reported as missing have since been found safe and well.

He said there are 79 people "either dead or missing, and I sadly have to presume [they] are dead".

He urged those people to make themselves known to the authorities.

The update came just before a nationwide minute's silence was held at 11 a.m.in memory of the victims of what is the greatest loss of life by fire in London since World War II.

Earlier, police also released new images from inside the 24-storey building to show the scale of the challenge they face.

That number may change as investigators continue to search the remains of Grenfell Tower.

"Whilst it will look at the how, perhaps more importantly, it will also look at why this happened", Cundy said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, criticized shortly after the blaze for failing to meet with victims, says the public inquiry looking into the tragedy will report directly to her.

"Remember those who've lost their lives in a preventable accident that didn't need to happen and the tragedy we're seeing is because of the outcome of mistakes and neglect from politicians, from the council and from the government", Khan added.

It's too early to know, but police say there will be criminal prosecutions if the evidence of wrongdoing is strong.