May admits failings as death toll hits 58

Reuters . London | Published: 00:33, Jun 18,2017 | Updated: 09:11, Jun 18,2017

London , fire

People hold up placards against the Conservative government as they gather in Whitehall, to protest after the fire at Grenfell Tower which engulfed the 24 storey building on Wednesday, in London, on Saturday. — AP photo

A fire that engulfed a London tower block this week killed at least 58 people, police said on Saturday, as prime minister Theresa May admitted that the response from the authorities had not been good enough.
With anger mounting over the government’s handling of the blaze, May met residents from the Grenfell Tower and pledged to support the victims as protesters gathered to demonstrate in the streets around her residence for a second day.
Weakened by a botched election gamble last week, May has been criticised for her muted response to the fire and had to be rushed away from a meeting with residents on Friday under heavy police guard as protesters shouted ‘Shame on you’.
‘The response of the emergency services, National Health Service, and the community has been heroic,’ May said in a statement. ‘But, frankly, the support on the ground for families who needed help or basic information in the initial hours after this appalling disaster was not good enough.’

London Police commander Stuart Cundy said the toll of 58 represented those who were missing and presumed dead from a fire which ripped through the

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