Demands have been made for the ‘killers’ behind the deadly inferno at Grenfell Tower to face justice.
Labour MP David Lammy, whose friend Khadija Saye is among dozens of people feared dead, said corporate manslaughter charges should be brought over poor fire safety standards.
Whole families are thought to have died after the tower in Kensington, west London, was engulfed in flames in 15 minutes.
‘This is the richest borough in our country treating its citizens in this way, and we should call it what it is – it’s corporate manslaughter’, Mr Lammy said.
‘There should be arrests made, frankly. It’s an outrage.’ Mr Lammy’s anger was shared by survivors of the fire and others in the community who shouted ‘we want answers’. They shouted this as London mayor Sadiq Khan visited the scene last night.
There were also cries of ‘we need more than one set of stairs’ and ‘hold someone accountable’ as Mr Khan promised that residents made homeless would be rehoused locally.
No one who stayed in the building after the fire took hold in the early hours of Wednesday 14 June is still alive, firefighters have confirmed.
Detective Chief Inspector Matt Bonner, a top Metropolitan Police murder investigator, has been appointed to lead the investigation.
Met commander Stuart Cundy said some of the badly burned victims might never be identified. He hoped that the death toll would not reach triple figures.
The official toll is currently at 30, with only six victims provisionally identified. Mohammed Alhajali, a Syrian refugee, was the first to be named.
Ministers failed to review fire regulations
Prime Minister Theresa May ordered a full public inquiry after going to the scene yesterday. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: ‘The truth has got to come out and it will’.
It emerged that Grenfell was one of 4,000 tower blocks in UK without water sprinklers. Ministers failed to review fire regulations for buildings despite being told to years ago.
Mr Lammy said the search was still ongoing for talented 24-year-old artist Ms Saye and her mother Mary Mendy, who lived with her.
‘We hope and pray that Khadija is amongst the survivors in hospital and not perished in that building, as I suspect hundreds will have done by the end of this count’, he said.
He called for similar towers to be pulled down, stating: ‘Those 1970s building – many of them should be demolished’.
‘They haven’t got easy fire escapes, they’ve got no sprinklers, it’s totally unacceptable in Britain that this is allowed to happen and people lose their lives in this way’.
Mr Khan called for an interim report from the inquiry this summer.