London fire toll hits 30, but dozens missing

So far at leat 17 people are confirmed to have died in the blaze that tore through the White City tower. It is feared the death toll could rise to above 100

So far at leat 17 people are confirmed to have died in the blaze that tore through the White City tower. It is feared the death toll could rise to above 100

Coinciding with her 91st birthday, the British monarch joined the people gathered in front of Buckingham Palace to pay tribute to the victims of the blaze that erupted on Wednesday at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, Efe news reported.

Metropolitan police commander Stuart Cundy said, "We know at least 30 people who have died".

Queen Elizabeth II and her grandson Prince William visited a community centre where some of the survivors are being housed, as anger grows among local residents about allegations that fire safety concerns were ignored for years.

She did speak with emergency services.

"I have friends in the tower and they are not telling us anything", Salwa Buamani, 25, told AFP. "They feel the Government and local council haven't done enough to help them in the aftermath of this horrific incident, or to provide answers to their increasingly urgent questions".

The upper floors of Grenfell Tower sustained significant damage, he says, and "the sad reality is that this work will take some time, stretching into many, many weeks".

"Sadly at this time there are 58 people who we were told were in the tower on the night that are missing and therefore sadly I have to assume they are dead".

"We have family liaison officers working with a number of families, that is 52 families". Mansur said people were not satisfied with the answers they were being given. And 16 bodies have so far been recovered from the Tower and taken to a mortuary.

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One of the first victims was named as 23-year-old Syrian refugee Mohammed Alhajali, with the Syria Solidarity Campaign director Kareen El Beyrouty launching a campaign towards funeral costs.

He said: "His family are being supported by family liason officers. And as the days go on we will be able to identify others who have died".

Police said Friday they had identified the place where the fire started, adding that it was unlikely to have been ignited deliberately, CNN reported.

And he vowed to prosecute people "if there is evidence". Police barred their way and scuffles broke out, a Reuters reporter said. It will be wide ranging.

The pictures appear to show the devastating impact of the fire which tore through the building in west London, with more than 200 firefighters sent to the scene.

"It is completely and wholly inappropriate for me to talk about details of the investigation which may subsequently jeopardise any criminal proceedings".

Demonstrators crowd a staircase at Kensington Town Hall, during a protest following the The Grenfell Tower fire.

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