The number of people dead or missing presumed dead following the Grenfell Tower fire in London, England, has risen to 79.
“It’s a hugely complex situation. Sadly today, as of 8am this morning, the number has increased. I believe there are 79 people who are either dead, or missing and sadly I have to presume are dead.” Specialist officers were supporting families he said.
“The terrible reality of the fire on that night means that some of those that we are supporting have lost a number of their family members.”
Cundy said the number may change for a number of reasons. “As our understanding of the tragedy becomes clear there may be people who were in Grenfell Tower on the night that people don’t know were in there, that families and others don’t know were in there on the night.
He appealed for these people to let it be known that they are safe. “What is important to myself and all of us is to find everyone who was inside that building and return them to their loved ones. Five people who were reported as missing had been found safe and well, he said.