Gren­fell Tower toll hits 79

New York Post - - NEWS - Yaron Stein­buch and Lia Eustachewich, Wires

The death toll in the fast­mov­ing fire that gut­ted a Lon­don high-rise has soared to 79 peo­ple, po­lice con­firmed Mon­day.

Metropoli­tan Po­lice Com­man­der Stu­art Cundy said the “aw­ful re­al­ity” was that it might be im­pos­si­ble to iden­tify all the vic­tims. The to­tal num­ber of dead is ex­pected to rise as searches con­tinue.

Some fam­i­lies lost more than one mem­ber, Cundy said, ac­cord­ing to the Tele­graph.

“On Satur­day I went in my­self and went to the top floor,” he said. “And it is in­cred­i­bly hard to de­scribe the dev­as­ta­tion in some parts of that build­ing.”

Mean­while, the govern­ment an­nounced that those dis­placed by the mas­sive blaze will be given the equiv­a­lent of at least $7,000 from an emer­gency fund.

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