Theresa May pledges £5M for Grenfell Tower victims


Despite its location in the posh inner-London borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Grenfell Tower was comprised of social housing apartments that housed mostly working-class residents and families - tenants who now say that they had voiced concerns about the building's infrastructure long ago, only to have their fears dismissed by management.

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Told there was a need for the public to hear her say something had gone badly wrong and the Government accepted responsibility, Mrs May said: "Something bad has happened". They say their complaints were ignored - and fear it was because the tower was full of poor people in a hugely wealthy neighbourhood.

Very early in the morning on Wednesday, a fire erupted in high rise apartment building Grenfell Tower in West London.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is shown donations of aid, made by members of the local community, by Executive Director of Kensington and Chelsea Council, Sue Harris during a visit to the Westway Sports Centre which is providing temporary shelter for those who have been made homeless in the Grenfell Tower disaster, in west London on June 16, 2017. Protesters are anxious that councilors will dispatch homeless residents far from their communities.

In a related development, facing increasing criticism for not meeting with locals sooner, British Prime Minister Theresa May will visit those injured in the blaze in hospital. British media have reported that contractors installed a cheaper, less flame-resistant type of exterior paneling on the 24-story tower in a renovation that was completed just a year ago.

Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for houses in the area to be "requisitioned" for survivors.

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"I spent several hours yesterday talking to local residents around Grenfell Tower". The first victim identified was Mohammed Alhajali, a 24-year-old engineering student from Syria.

The announcement comes as the government is accused of failing to improve fire safety in buildings, like Grenfell Tower, despite warnings.

The public is also demanding answers about how the blaze spread so quickly amid reports that the recently-renovated building's exterior panelling fuelled the flames. I lost my home on Tuesday, people lost their lives on Tuesday.

The residential tower was built in 1974 and had been extensively refurbished in works that were completed previous year.

Planning documents detailing the recent refurbishment of the block did not refer to a type of fire barrier that safety experts said must be used when high-rise blocks are re-clad. The FR (version) is fire-resistant.

She also noted that an emergency fund of more than $6 million has begun to be "distributed on the ground so people can buy clothes, food and other essentials".

The local Grenfell Action Grouphad claimed, before and during a major 10-million-pound refurbishment of Grenfell Tower previous year, that the block constituted a fire risk and residents had warned that access to the site for emergency vehicles was "severely restricted".