Grenfell Tower death toll may not be known ‘until the end of the year’, say police | London

The death toll from the Grenfell Tower fire is believed to be around 80 people, the vast majority of whom were from just 23 flats, say police.

Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said contact had been made with at least one person from 106 of the 129 flats in the building.

From those flats, 18 people are dead or assumed dead, while the remaining victims were thought to have been in the flats which had not been heard from.

Police say a true total of those killed may not be known until the end of the year.

We are many months from being able to provide a number which we believe accurately represents the total loss of life inside Grenfell Tower.

Only after we have completed a search and recovery operation, which will take until the end of the year.

What I can say is that we believe that around 80 people are either dead or sadly missing and I must presume that they are dead.

– Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack, Met Police

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