More fire vic­tims iden­ti­fied as death toll rises

● Emo­tional scars as dis­as­ter site falls silent to hon­our dead and miss­ing

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By LAURA HARD­ING

Three more vic­tims killed in the Gren­fell Tower dis­as­ter have been named, af­ter Scot­land Yard an­nounced the death toll had risen to 79.

Ya-haddy Sisi Saye, also known as Khadija Saye, 24, Ab­u­fars Ibrahim, 39, and An­thony Dis­son, 65, all lived in the 24-storey block, which was de­stroyed by a huge blaze last Wed­nes­day in west Lon­don.

Five peo­ple have been for­mally iden­ti­fied, in­clud­ing 23-year-old Mo­ham­mad Al­ha­jali and a woman whose fam­ily do not want her name to be re­leased.

The rest are miss­ing pre­sumed dead, Metropoli­tan Po­lice Com­man­der Stu­art Cundy said yes­ter­day.

There were emo­tional scenes at the site in north Kens­ing­ton at 11am as fire­fight­ers halted work to join res­i­dents for a minute’s si­lence held to re­mem­ber those who lost

0 Ni­cola Stur­geon ob­serves a minute’s si­lence to hon­our the Gren­fell Tower vic­tims while fire­fight­ers also re­mem­ber the dead their lives and all oth­ers af­fected by the blaze.

The si­lence was also ob­served at govern­ment build­ings across the UK.

Mr Cundy said the death toll may still change, but not as sig- nif­i­cantly as it has in re­cent days, adding: “The aw­ful re­al­ity is that we may not be able to iden­tify all those that died” in­side what is now a black­ened and charred shell.

He fought back tears as he told re­porters at New Scot­land Yard about the scene in­side the tower.

Footage from in­side the build­ing has been re­leased, show­ing the ex­tent of the dam­age. Mr Cundy said po­lice had re­ceived some 70 pictures and videos of the fire from the pub­lic and urged them to send more as of­fi­cers in­ves­ti­gate the blaze.

He would not be drawn on the specifics of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the fire, in­clud­ing whether any­one had been ar­rested or raids car­ried out.

He said that a team of some 250 in­ves­ti­ga­tors were now work­ing on the case, with a pri­mary aim be­ing to iden­tify vic­tims and in­form their loved ones as soon as pos­si­ble.

Fol­low­ing re­ports that some fam­i­lies had been of­fered al­ter­na­tiveac­com­mo­da­tionas far away as Pre­ston, a Num­ber 10 spokes­woman said Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May stood by her prom­ise that all those af­fected will be re­housed within three weeks ei­ther in Kens­ing­ton & Chelsea or a neigh­bour­ing bor­ough, un­less they want to move else­where.

The Down­ing Street spokes­woman re­jected Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn’s call for empty homes near the fire scene to be req­ui­si­tioned to house fam­i­lies., say­ing: “We do not sup­port pro­pos­als to seize pri­vate prop­erty.”

Mean­while, Scot­tish tennis star Andy Mur­ray promised to do­nate his prize ww­money from this week’s Aegon Cham­pi­onships at Queen’s Club to the vic­tims of the fire.

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