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Following the fire at the Grenfell tower block in London where 17 people have been confirmed dead and many more are still missing, Merseyside Fire and Rescue say they are keen to reassure residents that safety reviews of residential buildings in Southport.

The tower was home to about 600 people, including at least three Thai families, according to Thai officials and other Thais in London.

Queen Elizabeth received an altogether different welcome when she visited residents, volunteers and emergency services at the Westway Sports Centre, which has become a hub for the relief effort. She met injured survivors in hospital yesterday.

Fire risk assessment in tower blocks was "less rigorous" since responsibility for it shifted from the fire brigade to the owner, Sian Berry, Housing Committee Chairwoman of the London Assembly, said.

Central to the anger is that cheaper materials may have been used in a multi-million dollar refurbishment of Grenfell Tower to keep costs down.

A resident in a nearby building watches smoke rise from a building on fire in London, Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

People were demanding homes be found urgently for families made homeless by the blaze.

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Lammy, whose has a friend still unaccounted for in the disaster: "Don't let them tell you it's a tragedy. It's not a tragedy, it's a monstrous crime".

"The figure of 58 are those who are missing and that we have to presume are dead", said Commander Stuart Cundy, a spokesman for London's Metropolitan Police.

Mr Cundy vowed police "will get to the answer of what has happened and why", adding: "If criminal offences have been committed it is us who will investigate that".

The Guardian reports that police released new information on fatalities after the community expressed anger about the lack of transparency in the investigation. It will be undertaken by a number of specialist detectives using expertise and specialism from other organizations where required. "We have examined the original location where the fire started, and there is nothing to suggest at this time that the fire was started deliberately", he said. "Sadly, the nature of injuries caused by such an intense fire will mean the identification process will take some time".

"The conditions within Grenfell Tower are particularly hazardous". As an absolute priority, what we are all doing is, as quickly and with as much dignity as we can, recovering those that are still inside.

"We're all desperately sad, we're all angry, but of course none of us as angry as those who were directly affected".

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