Grenfell Tower fire destruction: ‘indescribable’

Inside Grenfell Tower after fire. Image: Met Police

The Met Police have released images and video of the fire destruction inside Grenfell Tower disaster.

The Met’s specialist recovery team has been working with colleagues from the London Fire Brigade and Ambulance service to locate and identify the fatal casualties from Wednesday morning’s inferno.

Media publishers and local people believe the figure of those who died is significantly more than the number of 58 currently confirmed as dead and missing by the authorities.

Destruction to Grenfell Tower lifts. Image: Met Police.

Met Police Commander Stuart Cundy said this evening: ‘We must also prepare people for the terrible reality that some people may not be identified due to the intensity of the fire.’

He added:

Family liaison officers are supporting families, and that includes those people we know to be dead; some of those who are critically ill and sadly those people who we have been told were in Grenfell Tower that night who we have been unable to trace.

Work has been ongoing throughout the night and continues today, so we can get as good an understanding as possible about who we believe to be still missing.

Sadly that work leads me to believe that the number of people missing, but as yet unaccounted for has risen from yesterday’s figure of 58.

Today, police teams continue their support to families, and make enquiries to cross check the number of those missing.

I have always said I will be accurate about what I know, so the next figure of those presumed dead and missing will be released tomorrow, Monday, 19 June. The figure will be higher but I do not wish to speculate on that number today.

Entrance to Grenfell Tower after disaster. Image: Met Police

I must consider the fact that there may be others in the building who, for whatever reason have not been reported to us. There is also a real possibility that there may be people in the building that no one knows are missing.

I want to hear from anyone who believes that they know someone who may have been living, staying or visiting but has not yet been reported missing to us. We are not interested in your reasons for not telling us sooner, we just want to understand as best as we can who may still be inside the building.




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