Death toll from London tower fire reaches 79: UK police

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The death toll from a blaze that torched a London tower last week has climbed to 79, according to the British police.

“I’m afraid to say there are now 79 people that we believe are either dead or missing and I sadly have to presume are dead,” London Police Commander Stuart Cundy told reporters on Monday.

Police had earlier put the toll from the inferno at the Grenfell Tower in west London at 58 presumed dead.

Cundy said five of the dead have been formally identified. But authorities had already suggested that they might never be able to identify many of the victims due to the intensity of the fire.

Cundy said the search and recovery operation was ongoing in the charred 24-story tower.

Members of the emergency services work inside the charred remains of the Grenfell Tower block in Kensington, west London, on June 17, following the June 14 fire at the residential building. (Photo by AFP)

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