By Tom Murray
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The remains of the charred Grenfell Tower stands in London.
On Wednesday last week, a horrific fire ripped through a 24-storey residential tower in west London.
On Monday, Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy told press that 79 people were missing or presumed dead in addition to the 58 already confirmed dead.
Commander Cundy warned that identifying bodies may be a very lengthy process because of the almost “indescribable” conditions within the scorched remains of Grenfell Tower.
The Met Police has released images of these “indescribable” conditions, which show the true scale of the blaze that claimed so many lives.
The photos, captured by a specialist police recovery team, show flats where everyone has been accounted for.
Commander Cundy said in a statement: “It is really important that we are clear about the scale of the challenge facing us as our teams search Grenfell Tower to recover those people still inside and return them to their loved ones.”
The Commander went on to warn that some victims may never be identified “due to the intensity of the fire.”
Cundy’s statement comes after Prime Minister Theresa May announced that residents would receive at least £5,500 in emergency payments from the government.
Anger towards Kensington and Chelsea council boiled over last Friday, as protesters stormed Kensington town hall. The council was criticised for its inadequate support provided to residents after the blaze, and some experts have implied that a £10 million renovation of the building last year could have contributed to the ferocity of the fire.
See the conditions inside Grenfell Tower in the videos below:
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