Anger boils over as London fire toll hits 30

The Government has pledged to cover "further expenses" for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, on top of the £5 million already promised.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the fire while police have subsequently launched a criminal investigation.

"We need to do whatever it takes to make people that live in those properties safe: that's either make the properties safe or find some other accommodation, it has to be done", he said, adding that survivors from the tower would be re-housed in the local area.

Around 800 people gathered outside Prime Minister Theresa May's residence at Downing Street to protest against the United Kingdom government's handling of the disaster, said Joey Ayoub, a journalist and activist who joined others at Number 10. And as NPR's Frank Langfitt in London, police are hoping that the death toll will not reach the triple digits.

At least 30 people were killed in the blaze and dozens more are still missing. "At this time, we are not aware of any link between the fire and the exterior cladding to the tower".

"People are wondering why it seemed to burn very quickly". The building, which was outfitted with aluminum composite material (ACM), had apparently not been properly inspected. One version of the product [has] a polyethylene core, the other version is around a fire-retardant mineral core.

He says the search for remains had been paused because of safety concerns but has resumed.

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Frank adds that anger is rising in London about the deaths - for example, a leading tabloid was emblazoned with the headline "Arrest the Killers" while Labour MP David Lammy has said the incident amounts to "corporate manslaughter".

Prime Minister Theresa May is to meet victims from the Grenfell Tower disaster at Downing Street.

A woman touches a poster for 12-year-old Jessica Urbano on a tribute wall Friday after laying flowers on the side of a church next to the Grenfell Tower in London.

The prime minister was pictured through a long lens camera being briefed by senior figures of the emergency services visiting the site but not meeting any of the residents.

Protesters stand in the lobby of Kensington town hall in west London, the headquarters of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, demanding answers over the Grenfell Tower fire, in London, Friday June 16, 2017.

"I spent several hours yesterday talking to local residents around Grenfell Tower".

Councillor Nicholas Paget-Brown also said there had not been a "collective view" among residents in favour of installing sprinklers during the renovations.

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