London fire: Death toll soars to 30

Residents of the huge Grenfell public housing complex, which had 120 apartments that housed as many as 600 people, said their warnings about possible fire risks had been ignored for years. "You get a lot of fragmentation of bodies, charring of bones and sometimes all that's left is ash", said Peter Vanezis, a professor of forensic medical sciences at Queen Mary University in London. The crowd included a heavy presence of union members, representatives of Socialist and Marxist groups as well as students. She was "going around and hugging everyone she could to comfort them", it added.

More than 20 police officers rushed into the town hall to restore order and mounted police were on stand-by.

The 24-story building that went up in flames in London Wednesday recently underwent an $11 million upgrade, something that investigators will probe as they seek to understand what sparked the deadly fire, NBC News reported. Police said the cause of the fire was unlikely to be arson, but a team of senior detectives is investigating whether other offenses were committed.

"Sadly, it is expected that the total will rise and it is not expected that any survivors will be found", he said.

Police said on Friday that they had identified the place where the fire originated, and disclosed that it was unlikely to have been started deliberately. Authorities say 24 people remain in hospital, 12 of whom are in critical care.

One speaker at the event, whose family friend, Rania Ibrahim and her two young children have not been seen since the blaze, said police instigated the disorder.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William met with volunteers who have been distributing supplies for those affected by the disaster.

Forensic experts said the fire at Grenfell was so hot it could be compared to a cremation, which is going to make it hard to identify those who lost their lives.

"That's one of the most awful things I have ever seen", Prince William said of the tower's blackened shell.Some desperate residents pleaded to speak to the queen and her grandson about their plight and the fate of missing children as they left the site, with William promising he would return. "I will help you from up there". They apparently lived on the 22nd floor, and the Lebanese Embassy has listed them as missing.

Omar, 25, survived, but the brothers were separated as firemen tried to rescue them from burning building early Wednesday. But the government has been criticized for failing to act on recommendations from previous tower block fires.

The Prime Minister is facing particular scrutiny over the role of her new chief of staff, Gavin Barwell, who served as housing minister until he lost his seat in last week's snap general election.

Rydon, the firm responsible for the refit, said the project "met all required building regulations".

The company that installed the exterior cladding, Harley Facades, issued a statement this week saying the panels are "commonly used" in refurbishing buildings.

Jim Fitzpatrick, an MP with the main opposition Labour Party, slammed the Conservative-led government for shuffling its feet on the review.

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