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

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.

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