The Queen and Prince Meet Surviving Victims of Grenfell Tower Fire

After a disastrous fire that consumed the Grenfell Tower, an apartment building in North Kensington, London, the Queen and Prince William visited the Westway Sports Centre on Friday, to meet the surviving victims BBC New reported.

The fire broke out shortly before 1:00 BST on Wednesday and consumed almost the entire building– of the 24-storey block building, floors from the second floor up were affected. As of right now, police have confirmed that at least 30 people have died and of those, one died in the hospital. Twenty-four people are still in the hospital of which 12 are in critical care. However, up to 70 people are still reportedly missing, according to BBC.

Emergency services are spending a third day to search for bodies in the rubble but fire chiefs say they do not expect to find more survivors and that some of those killed may never be identified. “As an absolute priority what we’re all doing is as quickly and with as much dignity as we can, recovering those that are still inside and sadly we do not expect there to be any survivors,” Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said.

The Queen and Duke of Cambridge went to go meet with volunteers, residents and community representatives and commended firefighters for their “bravery” and the “incredible generosity” of volunteers now offering support.

The cause of the fire is still unknown, and Commander Cundy has said that there is nothing that suggests that the fire was started deliberately. Police are launching an investigation into the fire, and Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a public inquiry. “We as the police, we investigate criminal offenses – I am not sitting here and saying there are criminal offenses that have been committed, that’s why you do an investigation, to establish it,” Commander Cundy said.

The Prime Minister visited the injured victims on Friday and is said to host a cross-Whitehall meeting later on how the authorities can help the community recover, BBC reported. Mrs. May received strong backlash from Londoners who are angry about the government’s slow response to the incident and that she met with rescue workers but not the victims who survived the fire. She did, however, return to the area of the fire and announced a fund of £5 million ($6.4 million) that would be used to pay for emergency supplies, food, clothes and other costs, The New York Times said.

Mrs. May did eventually go to the Westminister Hospital to meet survivors of the fire and left quite emotional after hearing what they had to endure. “I spoke with people who ran from the fire in only the clothes they were wearing,” Mrs. May said. “They have been left with nothing — no bank cards, no money, no means of caring for their children or relatives. One woman told me she had escaped in only her top and underwear.”

She also assured the victims that the government had not forgotten about them.“Everyone affected by this tragedy needs reassurance that the government is there for them at this terrible time — and that is what I am determined to provide,” she said.

However, many residents weren’t swayed by this. Angry residents who gathered in protest shouted “Coward” as the Prime Minister made her announcement outside St. Clements’s Church, the Times said. Angry residents entered the Town Hall of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, which owns Grenfell Tower, to request a meeting with officials and to present demands. The demands included the relocation of dislocated residents in Kensington, financial aid victims and their families who lost their belongings to the fire, and a roster of the residents in the tower.

“I’m here to get some answers,” Kais Khaldoun, a 22-year-old protester, who lives in the Ladbroke Grove section of London. “Kensington is one of the richest areas, how did they allow this negligence — how did they allow this tragedy to happen when it could have easily been avoided?”

The council said it would do its best to relocate the displaced residents possibly to other parts of London; release funds to those in help; and that it was up to the coroner to release names and numbers of victims, according to the Times. But the demonstrators were not moved by the council’s response.

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