The following is an excerpt from June 16, 2017 | AFP.com |
Anger mounted in London on Wednesday over a devastating tower block blaze which killed at least 17 people, as police said some of the victims were left unrecognisable by the blaze.
Locals yelled questions at Mayor Sadiq Khan as he walked through the west London neighbourhood where the 24-storey Grenfell Tower went up in flames early on Wednesday.
"How many children died? What are you going to do about it?" a boy asked Khan, as the mayor tried to stop tensions rising further.
"You can see the anger for the community, justifiably so," he said.
"Many people have been saying for some time now, their concerns about the housing we're talking about now, but also other tower blocks around London."
Grenfell Tower was home to around 600 people and whole families remain missing after the fire, which forced residents to flee through black smoke down the single stairwell, jump out of windows or even drop their children to safety.
Of the 17 victims found by emergency services so far, six were outside the tower, while it has not yet been deemed safe enough to recover the 11 bodies found inside.
"They are simply not recognisable because of the fire," Fiona McCormack, from the Metropolitan Police's identification team, said of the victims found inside Grenfell Tower.
One of the victims was named as Mohammed Alhajali, a 23-year-old Syrian refugee, who came to Britain in 2014 with his brother.
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