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UK To Probe Block Fire Which Killed 17 People

UK Prime Minister, Theresa May has promised that her government will probe the the circumstances that led to the fire that razed a 24-floor apartment block which killed no fewer that 17 people.

May stated this on Thursday in the face of a barrage of angry questions thrown at the government about how such a devastating blaze could have occurred.

Fire engulfed the social housing block of 120 apartments which is home to about 600 people in the early hours of Wednesday, turning it into a flaming torch in minutes.

Smoke was still wafting out of the blackened shell of the Grenfell Tower on Thursday where specialist search teams faced hazardous conditions as they scoured the wreck, with external cladding still falling from the building.

“Sadly I can confirm that the number of people that have died is now 17,” London police commander Stuart Cundy told reporters.

He said that number was expected to rise and firefighters have said they did not expect to find any more survivors after rescuing 65. Thirty-seven people remained in hospital, with 17 of them in critical care.

“Our absolute priority for all of us is identifying and locating those people who are still missing,” Cundy said before declining to comment on speculation about the likely final death toll.

Opponents of May’s government demanded to know whether more could have been done to prevent the disaster and if spending cuts to local authorities had played a part.

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