London fire: Protesters swarm Downing Street, demand May's resignation


Music mogul Simon Cowell has admitted that the fire at London's Grenfell Tower, which is less than a mile from his home, "sent chills through him" and has prompted him to make a charity record with all proceeds going to those affected by the horror blaze.

While the deadly blaze at the Grenfell Tower in north Kensington has prompted an outpouring of generosity, it has also unleashed rage at the authorities as the charred tower was cast as a deadly symbol of a divided society. He says it will take weeks or longer to recover and identify all the dead in the public housing block that was devastated by a fire early Wednesday.

Public anger is mounting as residents and neighbors demand answers for how the blaze early Wednesday spread so quickly and trapped so numerous tower's 600-odd residents.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said people were frustrated by the lack of information about the missing and the dead as well as a lack of coordination between support services.

Downing Street also announced a £5 million fund for emergency supplies, food and clothing.

May replied: "What I have done today is ensured that we are as a government putting that funding in place for people in the area, this has been an absolutely terrifying experience". "We entirely support the calling of the public inquiry and will cooperate in whatever way we can with it so that local people have all the answers about what has happened", the council, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, said. A solemn Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip held a minute of silence for the fire victims at the start of the procession Saturday.

Police surrounded Ms May as she left the church, where a crowd of angry protesters had gathered, shouting "shame on you!" and "coward!"

London Police have launched an investigation to determine whether any crimes contributed to the blaze.

"We want it to be able to have interim reports as well", he added.

The full scale of the Grenfell Tower tragedy has yet to emerge. Standard versions use plastic such as polyethylene for the core, while more expensive variants use fire-resistant material.

One London member of Parliament has called for corporate manslaughter charges after learning flammable material was used to clad the building during the recent renovation.

Other diagrams in the Reynobond brochure show that panels with a fire retardant core - the FR model, according to Arconic's website - can be used for buildings of up to 30 metres tall. The potential for external fire spread associated with over-cladding has been recognised for at least 25 years. It did not address the exact makeup of the panels.

"We will follow the recommendations of the public inquiry", he said. "At this time, we are not aware of any link between the fire and the exterior cladding to the tower".

Relatives and friends have been circulating appeals on social media in a desperate bid to locate missing loved ones, but hope has begun to wane amid anger over apparent safety failings that allowed the blaze to cause such devastation.

Overnight, 109 families made homeless from the blaze were housed at hotels in west London.

Some estimates say as many as 600 people were living in Grenfell Tower.

Queen Elizabeth II is doing what she can to comfort the survivors of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Corbyn's approach to the fire, which has so far killed 30 people and injured dozens of others, has been heralded by the public.