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>> At least 600 UK tower blocks have combustible cladding like Grenfell Tower. Mr Speaker, it should never have happened.>> UK Prime Minister Teresa May telling Parliament on Thursday, that cladding tested since last week's disaster had proved flammable. Fire services and local authorities have been told, and are taking urgent steps to make buildings safe, May says.
Some 79 people are confirmed dead or missing, presumed dead in the UK's worst fire since World War II, that number could still change. Witnesses and fire experts say cladding that was fitted to the outside of Grenfell Tower during a recent refurbishment, appeared to catch alight and wrap the 24-story building in flames.
A public inquiry and criminal investigation is to determine the cause and culpability behind the blaze. British media reports suggest flame retardant cladding could have been added to Grenfell for just 5,000 pounds extra. The Chief Executive of Kensington and Chelsea Council, which refurbished the building, resigning Thursday. The Council was also accused of giving too little support to relief efforts.
>> And it is right that the Chief Executive Officer has now resigned.>> Nicholas Holgate saying he was forced out, May welcoming his resignations. May apologized on Wednesday for a failure of the state, local, and national, to help people when they needed it most. National government, too, accused of being absent, Too slow, too distant from those affected.
It has now obtained 68 social housing flats in a plush block in Kensington to re-house many of the fire survivors. Local residents and opposition figures had expressed fears they would be disbursed, breaking up a stricken community. Grenfell Tower housed some of the poorest residents of one of London's richest areas, and has become for many a deathly symbol of inequality.