The remains of Grenfell Tower, a residential tower block in west London which was gutted by fire, are pictured against the London skyline on Friday. The toll from the London tower block fire has risen to at least 30 people dead and the flames have now been extinguished, police said.
Photo: CHRIS J RATCLIFFE/AFP/Getty Images
Photo: CHRIS J RATCLIFFE/AFP/Getty Images

Confirmed death toll in London fire rises to 30

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A criminal investigation has been launched, CNN reported.

Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy told The Associated Press that 24 people were being treated in hospitals, including 12 in critical condition.

Dozens of people remain missing after the fire engulfed the 24-story building early Wednesday, CNN reported.

The Sun newspaper on Friday listed 65 people who it said were still missing or feared dead , Reuters reported.

Asked Thursday whether the death toll might exceed 100, Cundy said “I’d like to hope that it isn’t going to be triple figures.”

Police said Friday they had identified the place where the fire started, adding that it was unlikely to have been ignited deliberately, CNN reported.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Cambridge visited the area Friday and met with residents and community representatives, CNN reported.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May, criticized for not meeting with those injured in the blaze, visited the hospital today, Reuters reported.

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