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Report: 65 Missing, Feared Dead in London Fire

  • VOA Staff

The scorched facade of the Grenfell Tower in London, June 15, 2017, after a massive fire raced through the 24-story high-rise apartment building in west London early Wednesday.

The Sun newspaper Friday listed 65 people who it said were missing or feared dead in a London tower block fire which police said has left 17 people dead with the death toll expected to rise.

When asked Thursday whether the death toll could exceed 100, London police commander Stuart Cundy said: “I’d like to hope that it isn’t going to be triple figures.”

London police expect the death toll to rise further but said it could take months to search the burned-out building and identify the victims.

On Friday, British newspapers heightened their criticism of the government, saying there were a series of unanswered issues including whether the cladding used on the building helped the blaze spread.

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