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Missing: The desperate hunt for lost relatives after London tower block fire

17 June 2017

A young Syrian refugee was identified on Thursday as one of the first victims of the huge fire which gutted the apartment block in west London earlier this week.

Met Police commander Stuart Cundy said: "This is going to be a long and complex recovery operation and I do anticipate that the number of fatalities will sadly increase beyond those 12".

He said police had started a criminal investigation but there was nothing to suggest "that the fire had been started deliberately".

But Newport City Homes, which manages three 11-storey towers in the Gaer, St Julians and Ringland areas of Newport, has assured residents the cladding used on its buildings is not the same as that used in London, and is non-flammable.

Britain's Press Association reported that some 70 people were still missing after the fire. Adding that 24 people were still in the hospital, Cundy said 12 were receiving critical care. These were hard conversations with a tight-knit community that is understandably distraught, frustrated and increasingly angry.

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LONDON (AP) - Relatives of those missing after a high-rise tower blaze in London posted pictures of their loved ones Friday in the desperate hope of news, as grief following the tragedy has turned to outrage at authorities accused of being lax in meeting building standards.

The cladding had a plastic core and was similar to that used by high-rise buildings in France, the United Arab Emirates and Australia which had also suffered fires that spread.

The council and police have said they are unable to provide the figure amid claims information is being held back.

Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William visited a west London site where community groups have been gathering supplies for those affected by the tower fire disaster.

The charred remains of the burned out building stand blackened alongside near identical neighboring tower blocks.

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Local people have contrasted the style of Mrs May's private visit with those of London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who was seen with his arm round the shoulders of people affected by the disaster.

In her statement May said: "We need to know what happened, we need to have an explanation of this".

Waewta said she was watching television at around 1am when she heard about the fire.

The government brought in regulations on 1 January prohibiting the use of the most combustible type of panel in high-rises, following major fires in Melbourne in 2014 fire and Dubai the following year. People have lost their lives and others have lost everything, all their possessions, their home and everything.

"We've already started to get a lot of people calling in to say, "Of course we will do it"."

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Khan said one of the things the public inquiry will look into is the refurbishment of the tower blocks and whether the tower block was refurbished in a safe way.