Searches at Grenfell Tower continue as death toll rises

While the searches for missing persons continue in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower blaze, the Metropolitan Police announced that the death toll from the fire has risen to 17. A commander in the law enforcement service said that there will most likely be more fatalities.

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The Metropolitan Police announced on Thursday morning that the death toll from the giant fire in London has risen to 17. In addition, the law enforcement service said that the number is expected to climb as the searches for the missing persons continue. Dozens of people were evacuated from the scene to local hospitals. 14 of them are in critical condition.

“This is going to be a long and complex recovery operation and I do anticipate that the number of fatalities will sadly increase beyond those 12,” Commander Stuart Cundy of the Metropolitan Police said. “I don't anticipate there will be further survivors.”

Meanwhile, the authorities in London continue to investigate the blaze in Grenfell Tower. The commander of the local fire department clarified that the building is not expected to collapse.

The building, yesterday Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Eye-witnesses said yesterday that they saw people jumping out of the 27-floor high-rise, which was engulfed by flames for hours. The building was renovated in recent years and the companies involved in the project have removed the details of the renovations from their websites.

According to some of the residents, the smoke detectors in the building were not working and people were initially told to stay in their apartments. The local authorities are investigating these claims.

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