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Dead, Missing in London Tower Fire rises to 79

London (July 19, 2017): The numbers dead or missing in the Grenfell Tower fire disaster has now risen to 79, according to London police.

Commander Stuart Cundy of the Metropolitan Police said the death toll may rise further, as officers establish who was in the building on the night fire ripped through the 24-storey west London tower block

Fire broke out in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower, a social housing block in west London, in the early hours of June 14 and spread with terrifying speed, tearing through the building with residents trapped inside.

Emergency services have been widely praised for their handling of the disaster, the government has been criticized for a slow and inadequate response, with Prime Minister Theresa May facing public anger for failing to meet residents during her first visit to the site.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has been criticised for her muted response to the fire and had to be rushed away from a meeting with residents on Friday under heavy police guard as protesters shouted, “Shame on you”.

While the blaze has prompted an outpouring of generosity – with many people donating provisions and clothes, it has also unleashed rage at the authorities as the charred tower was cast as a deadly symbol of a deeply divided society.

On Friday angry protesters chanting “we want justice” stormed their way into the Kensington and Chelsea town hall to try to confront the local council leaders.

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