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Grenfell Tower fire: 58 people missing and presumed dead in Kensington blaze, police say

Investigators now back inside the gutted building after search paused for safety reasons

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Fifty-eight people are still missing after the Grenfell Tower fire and are presumed dead, police say.

Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said the figure included the previous death toll of 30.

He told reporters on Saturday: “The current number of fatalities is at least 30. The figure of 58 are those that are missing and I have to assume are dead.

“It might be that some of those are safe and well, but for whatever reason have not wished to let us know.

“The figure of 30 which I gave yesterday is the number that I know, sadly, have at least died.

“That 58 would include that 30.

“The figure of 58 is based on what we have been told as to who was in there on the night.”

The bodies of 16 people have been recovered from the building and taken to a mortuary, he added, while the figure of 58 may rise.

Police and firefighters have now reached the top of the tower in their search.

Commander Cundy said the police investigation into the fire “will take weeks, it may take longer than that”.

He said police will release images and video from inside the tower tomorrow, pending the approval of Grenfell families.

The first victim of the disaster has been formally identified as 23-year-old Mohammed Alhajali, Commander Cundy added.

The Independent

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