79 confirmed dead in the London Tower blaze

The death toll from the fire that ravaged a London tower block last week has risen to 79.

The British Government is scrambling to contain even more political fallout from the inferno as it’s been revealed the cladding used on the tower was banned in the United Kingdom.

Fire broke out in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower, a social housing block in Kensington, west London, trapping residents inside as it tore through the building with terrifying speed.


Police say five of the dead have been formally identified, but because of the intensity of the blaze, some may never be identified.

A minute’s silence has been held across Britain to honour the victims of the fire – and tributes are being laid at a wall memorial  covered in messages of grief and solidarity.

A red T-shirt with the London Fire Brigade’s logo had been placed by the memorial wall, with the name of a nearby fire station and the words “We tried, we’re sorry” scrawled on it.