The Latest: Tower residents want answers from London mayor – Washington Post

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LONDON — The Latest on the London high-rise fire (all times local):

6:50 p.m.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is being confronted by angry people near the deadly high-rise fire in west London as the fury of Grenfell Tower residents boils over.

Khan says Thursday on his Facebook page that the community deserves answers — and quickly. A fire early Wednesday raced through the public housing tower, killing at least 17 people. Police are still looking for an unknown number of missing — a process they say could take some time.

Khan says “I grew up in a similar council estate in South London and this could have easily been my family, my friends, and my community. I share their anger and concern.”

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6:10 p.m.

London Police say a criminal investigation has been launched in the wake of the fatal fire in west London.

Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy says senior officers are leading the investigation into the fire that devastated the 24-story Grenfell Tower public housing block.

Cundy says Thursday that “as the police, we investigate criminal offenses. I am not sitting here and saying there are criminal offenses that have been committed, that’s why you do an investigation.”

Political pressure is increasing following the inferno that killed at least 17 people at the apartment building in London. Residents of Grenfell say their fears about fire safety had been ignored for years by local government authorities.

Police are still searching for an unknown number of missing people after the fire.

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5:50 p.m.

London Police are expressing concern that they may not be able to identify all of the people who died in the tragic west London apartment tower fire.

Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy says the recovery of the remains at the charred 24-story tower will take some time. He says it may be weeks or even months before a full search of the building can take place.

Cundy says “there is a risk that, sadly, we may not be able to identify everybody.”

Police say that 17 people died in the fire and that figure is expected to rise significantly.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the inferno that swept through the public housing block within an hour Wednesday morning. Residents say their fears about fire safety had been ignored for years.

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5:30 p.m.

A lawyer for the family of an Italian woman missing in the London high-rise fire says she told her mom in a final call: “Flames are in the living room.”

Lawyer Maria Cristina Sandrin said Thursday that the mother let her hear several recordings of phone calls that Gloria Trevisan, who lived on the 23rd floor of the Grenfell Tower with her Italian boyfriend, made to her home in Italy while the fire raged.

Sandrin described the last call as “a farewell” in which Trevisan, 27, thanked her mother for all she had done. In the final conversation, Trevisan said: “The flames are in the living room. There are flames around us.’”

Trevisan’s boyfriend, Marco Gottardi, is also missing. He told his father in separate calls that suffocating smoke in the stairs kept them inside their apartment and awaiting rescue.

At least 17 people died in Wednesday’s high-rise fire in London and firefighters are still searching for others still missing.

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1:15 p.m.

Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the high-rise fire in West London.

The British leader made the decision Thursday shortly after making a private visit to the site where at least 17 people were killed in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but experts have said that it was highly unusual because of the speed with which the tower was engulfed in flame.

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12:30 p.m.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has toured the area near the west London tower block devastated by a fire, meeting with volunteers helping victims and promising to get to the bottom of what happened.

Corbyn said Thursday that “the truth has got to come out and will come out” as he visited volunteers helping after the Grenfell Tower fire in which at least 17 people died and hundreds were left homeless.

Earlier, Prime Minister Theresa May met with emergency services during a private visit to the site. She returned to Downing Street without making any remarks.

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12 p.m.

Relatives of two young Italian architects say they are missing in the London high-rise fire and are hoping for a miracle.

Gloria Trevisan and Marco Gottardi, both 27, lived on the 23rd floor of Grenfell Tower. Relatives also told Italian media that the couple had assured their family in Italy in phone calls that they would be rescued, since suffocating smoke made it impossible to go down the stairs.

The two moved to London in March and quickly found work as architects.

Gottardi’s father, Giannino Gottardi, told ANSA he was talking to his son as late as 4:07 a.m. (0207 GMT Wednesday; 10:07 p.m. Tuesday), “then they told us their apartment had been invaded by smoke,” and the call ended.

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