Death Toll From London Tower Block Blaze Rises To 17

Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton says specialist dogs would start searching the 24-story building.

There's nothing to suggest the fire was terror-related, London police commander said.

Asked if the death toll could climb to triple figures, he said: "From a personal perspective, I really hope it isn't". And it isn't even the first time that authorities have warned that more danger and death could result.

Seventeen people have already been confirmed dead, with this number set to rise as the search for missing people continues.

Nearly 24 hours after the devastating fire in London's North Kensington left at least 17 people dead, firefighters are still working to dampen the blaze and search for bodies. But the shock at its scale turned to anger and recriminations on Thursday (Friday NZT).

Sandrin described the last call as "a farewell" in which Trevisan, 27, thanked her mother for all she had done.

Cotton also said that parts of the building would have to be shored up in order to make it safe for rescue workers to reach each floor.

The Queen earlier said her "thoughts and prayers" are with families, as more than 30 people remain in hospital - 17 of whom are in a critical condition.

"After the fire at Battersea Arts Centre and the support people gave, it is fitting that the organisation should now be hosting an event to help others".

The building had recently undergone an 8.7 million pound ($11.08 million) exterior refurbishment, which included new external cladding and windows. They said they had repeatedly raised fire safety concerns, which they said included the building's inadequate escape routes, the absence of an integrated alarm system, and a renovation previous year that they anxious had left their building clad in panels that were shiny and new but not up to code.

"I won't know that until we've gone through the full recovery from Grenfell Tower and we know exactly what we've got and I anticipate that is going to take a considerable period of time". In addition, London Mayor Sadiq Khan called for an interim report on the fire to be published this summer.

Video of the clash has circulated widely on social media in the wake of today's Grenfell Tower disaster. Many others are still missing. "I saw people jumping out of their windows", Khadejah Miller, who was evacuated from her home nearby, told AFP.

Elsewhere, including in Scotland, officials said they were looking to find high-rise blocks that used the same cladding as in Grenfell Tower. As the evening drew on, locals made preparations for Ramadan: Many of the tower's inhabitants were Muslim, and locals were keen to make sure they could break their fast in company, that they were well looked-after. "Maybe 70 per cent are from Somalia, Sudan, Morocco".

The Syrian Solidarity Campaign said on its Facebook webpage that Mohammed Al Haj Ali, a refugee from Syria, was one of those who had been killed.

"It is also heartening to see the incredible generosity of community volunteers rallying to help those affected by this bad event", the queen said.

Missing people posters have been put up throughout the north London neighborhood of North Kensington.

The local council had received so many donations of food and supplies that by Thursday morning it said it did not need any more.

As I approached the remains of Grenfell Tower in west London, the ground was littered with chunks of burnt debris.

"She said, 'Is everyone okay?"

"Hundreds of people still aren't accounted for - what happened to them? Every person in a position of power has to answer questions about this".