Grim search for bodies in gutted London tower block

Peace and Freedom

AFP

© AFP | A security cordon holds people back as Grenfell Tower is engulfed by fire.

LONDON (AFP) – Firefighters searched for bodies Thursday in a London tower block gutted by a blaze that has already left 12 dead, as questions grew over whether a refurbishment had contributed to the disaster.The death toll was expected to rise further as crews picked their way through the blackened skeleton of the 24-storey Grenfell Tower, home to around 600 people and the scene of horror on Tuesday night.

Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said parts of the building remained unsafe and it would take a long time to complete a detailed search of every floor.

She told Sky News there were still “unknown numbers” of people inside, but “it will be an absolute miracle for anyone to be left alive”.

“It will take weeks before this building is cleared and truly searched properly,” she…

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