London Fire: Number Of Dead, Missing Rises To 79

London police say that the number of dead or missing in the high-rise apartment building fire is now 79.

Police Commander Stuart Cundy gave the new figure during a statement outside Scotland Yard on Monday. The previous figure given was 58.

Commander Cundy said the new number may change as the investigation into the incident continues.

“It’s hard to describe the devastation the fire has caused,” he said.

Commander Cundy added authorities were investigating whether any crimes had been committed as part of the incident.

Public anger is mounting as residents and neighbours demand answers for how the blaze, which started early on Wednesday spread so quickly and trapped so many of the tower’s 600 residents.

Two British officials said on Sunday (local time) that new exterior cladding used in a renovation of Grenfell Tower may have been banned under UK building regulations.