Grim search at London blaze site continues as anger mounts

LONDON -- London firefighters are continuing the grim search after a high-rise fire that killed at least 30 people as public anger about the blaze continues to grow.

Many were demanding answers for how the blaze spread so quickly. Britain's Press Association said around 70 people are missing.

Queen Elizabeth II marked her official birthday Saturday by saying Britain remains "resolute in the face of adversity" after the horrendous fire and recent extremist attacks in London and Manchester.

The 91-year-old monarch said it is "difficult to escape a very somber mood" on what is normally a day of celebration.

The government has promised a full public inquiry.

Scuffles broke out near the Kensington and Chelsea town hall offices Friday as demonstrators chanting "We want justice!" surged toward the doors.

Early Wednesday morning, June 14, a fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London’s North Kensingnton district which killed at least 30 people and leaving dozens missing and hundreds homeless.

Engineering experts said outside insulation panels installed on the apartment building may have helped the fire spread rapidly from one floor to the next.

The Guardian newspaper reported on Friday that contractors installed a cheaper, less flame-resistant type of paneling in the renovation that ended in May 2016. (AP)

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