Published On: Sun, Jun 18th, 2017

LONDON INFERNO : 58 missing, presumed dead – Police

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London : At least 58 people may have died in the massive fire that engulfed a 24-storey residential tower housing over 100 families in west London, Scotland Yard said today, warning that the casualty figures “may increase”.

Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said that number “may increase” further and that the “significant” recovery operation is likely to take weeks. “As soon as we can, we will locate and recover loved ones,” he said.

His statement came as Queen Elizabeth II reflected upon the sombre mood in the UK following tragedies in London and Manchester in recent weeks.

In her traditional birthday message, the 91-year-old monarch made a reference to the “succession of terrible tragedies”, a day after she paid a visit to people affected by the massive Grenfell Tower blaze in west London. She said: “Today is a traditional day of celebration. This year, however, it is very difficult to escape a very sombre national mood.

es so horribly affected by injury and loss,” she said.

Meanwhile, firefighters continue their search at the site of the fire in north Kensington, where a 24-storey residential block was burnt to the core within minutes early on Wednesday.

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