Grenfell Tower Fire: Death and Missing Count Rises to 79
Grenfell Tower Fire: Death and Missing Count Rises to 79

The number of dead and missing in the Grenfell Tower fire in London has risen to 79, according to London’s Metropolitan Police.

The fire consumed much of the 24-storey public housing building in North Kensington, west London, on June 14.

This handout image supplied by the London Metropolitan Police Service on June 18, 2017 shows an interior view of a fire damaged flat in Grenfell Tower in West London, England. (London Metropolitan Police Service via Getty Images)
An interior view of a fire damaged flat in Grenfell Tower in West London, England. (London Metropolitan Police Service via Getty Images)

Police has been updating the death count daily and it may still change, Commander Stuart Cundy said in a June 19 statement.

“As our understanding of the tragedy becomes clear, there may be people who were in Grenfell Tower on the night who people, such as families and others, did not know were in there on the night and they have died,” he said. “Equally there may be people who were in there that we believe are missing that did escape but for whatever reason have not let it be known that they’re safe and well, so again I would appeal to them directly.”

Of all the victims, only five have been formally identified.

“The identification process as I’ve explained before is to international disaster identification standards, meaning we are relying on dental records, finger prints, or DNA,” Cundy said. “We may need to request records from around the world—these may take time to receive.”

The pictures of people missing after the Grenfell Tower block fire, (top-bottom) Jessica Urbano, Amava Tuccu and Amal Ahmedin, are seen taped to a post box near the scene in North Kensington, west London, on June 18, 2017. (Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images)
The pictures of people missing after the Grenfell Tower block fire, (top-bottom) Jessica Urbano, Amava Tuccu and Amal Ahmedin, are seen taped to a post box near the scene in North Kensington, west London, on June 18, 2017. (Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images)

Five people who were feared dead have been found alive and well.

About 250 investigators are looking for the cause of the fire. Some experts speculated the outside layer of insulation and aluminum composite cladding helped the fire to spread. Witnesses have reported the fire spread very quickly. Flammable insulation has been a factor in massive building fires around the world.

Unburned lower floors with untouched cladding in place are seen with the burnt out upper floors of the Grenfell Tower block in North Kensington, west London, on June 18, 2017. (Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images)
Unburned lower floors with untouched cladding in place are seen with the burnt out upper floors of the Grenfell Tower block in North Kensington, west London, on June 18, 2017. (Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images)

UK authorities are now looking at thousands of other apartment buildings that may be prone to the same problem, CBS reported.

The UK government has promised survivors new homes within three weeks and financial support.

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