Police confirm 79 people are missing or presumed dead in Grenfell Tower fire

Police confirm 79 people are missing or presumed dead in Grenfell Tower fire


Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy also encouraged survivors of the fire to come forward
Police confirm 79 people are missing or presumed dead in Grenfell Tower fire

Grenfell Tower fire took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning

The Commander also suggested that the number may change in the future, and that they had formally identified just five people out of the 79. "We are supporting the families and loved ones of each of those 79 and with the agreement of the families and the coroner, once we confirm the identities of those who have died, we will be releasing their name," he said. "Now sadly, for many families, they have lost more than one family member and my heart truly goes out to them. This is an incredibly distressing time for all of them. As I said before one of my absolute priorities is to identify people as soon as we can."


Commander Stuart Cundy: Updated statement on #GrenfellTower fire https://t.co/MRXYROAxLE

— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) June 19, 2017

He also encouraged anyone who might have escaped the flat to get in touch with police to confirm their whereabouts. The fire took place in the early hours of Wednesday night, and London Fire Service Commissioner Dany Cotton has since said it was one of the worst incidents she had seen in her 29-year career. "I did a dynamic risk assessment and we knew we were going to be doing things that were not following our normal procedures," she told the Telegraph. "Had we just followed standard fire brigade procedures, we would not have been able to commit firefighters in and conduct the rescues we did. That's very difficult for me. I'm in charge of London fire brigade, and I was committing firefighters into something that was very unknown and very dangerous."



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