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{UAH} Grenfell Tower fire: Police confirm 255 residents escaped blaze

Afuwa Kasule/ Mike Ocaya p'Ocure.

Here is the information you have been spreading conspiracy theories about. Please note the London Metropolitan Police is the best police force in the world. It is very thorough in all its investigations and leaves few stones unturned in a majority of cases. In this tragedy in particular, it is doing all it can to identity the victims of the tragedy. This is a painstaking process. The number they have confirmed today, of 255 who escaped the blaze, are those they have PHYSICALLY SPOKEN TO AND CONFIRMED WERE IN THE BUILDING AT THE TIME OF THE TRAGEDY. 350 people officially  lived in tower but 14 were not there when the building went up in flames. But please note the police figures do not include those who may have been living in the tower illegally, and about whom very little is known, unless their illegal landlords come out and tell the truth. The government has offered an immigration amnesty to all illegal immigrants who may have been in the tower at the time, to come forward or to provide information on any one who may have been living illegally in the Tower. The government has also offered amnesty from criminal prosecution for any landlords who rented properties out to illegal immigrants, currently a criminal offence in the UK. It is estimated up to 300 people may have been living illegally in the Tower.

Afuwa, can I now appeal to you to refrain from joining the cacophony of  distasteful conspiracy theories when tragic events like Grenfell take place?. 

Thank You,


Grenfell Tower fire: Police confirm 255 residents escaped blaze

Investigators say 350 people lived in the west London block but 14 were not there when the building went up in flames

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The Independent Online

More than 250 Grenfell Tower residents survived the devastating fire that killed at least 80 people last month, according to police. 

Police said investigations had led them to conclude 350 people lived in the west London tower but 14 were not there when the building went up in flames on 14 June.

Authorities believe 255 people escaped and 80 are still estimated to have died or are missing. 

Thirty two victims have been positively identified, with 55 post-mortem examinations having taken place, according to investigating officers speaking at a briefing on Monday.

Detectives said that due to the damage caused by the fire, some bodies may never be identified.

But police said they do not expect the death toll to rise much further. 

Detectives also revealed the tower was made up of predominantly one and two bedroom flats, which would account for the lower than expected occupancy. 

Previous estimates put between 400 and 600 people living inside the tower. 

It is the first time Scotland Yard has offered a figure for the number of residents in the north Kensington block when the fire broke out.

The figures will be expected to allay fears among the community that hundreds may still be missing. 

Residents have expressed continued doubts since the tragedy over the death toll, with Labour MP David Lammy arguing the real number of people killed may have been covered up to prevent riots.

Detectives said the investigation was the biggest the Metropolitan Police has conducted outside of counter-terrorism operations.

Assistant commissioner Martin Hewitt said: "This fire should not have happened and as a result of that fire a large number of people have lost their lives."

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