Probes launched amid grim search for London fire victims

LONDON (AP) — London firefighters combed through a burned-out public housing tower Thursday in a grim search for missing people as police and the prime minister launched investigations into the deadly inferno, with pressure building on officials to explain the disaster and assure that similar buildings around the country are safe.

At least 17 people were killed as flames raced through the 24-story Grenfell Tower early Wednesday, trapping people inside their apartments. Many people remained unaccounted for Thursday, and officials weren’t sure exactly how many were missing. But they expected the death toll to rise significantly.

London Police said an investigation had been launched to determine whether the blaze involved any crimes and Prime Minister Theresa May announced a public inquiry, a type of probe that’s used to investigate issues of major public concern. In addition, London Mayor Sadiq Khan called for an interim report on the fire to be published this summer.

“People deserve answers. The inquiry will give them that,” said May, the Conservative leader who set aside her efforts to form a new government Thursday to visit the scene of the blaze.

An angry crowd confronted Khan as he visited the high-rise.

“How many children died? What are you going to do about it?” asked 7-year-old Kai Ramos. As the boy pressed, the Labour politician pledged to get answers.

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