Watch: Young boy leads heckling against London Mayor Sadiq Khan

'How many children died? What are you going to do about it?" Angry Londoners heckle Mayor Sadiq Khan after Grenfall Tower fire.

David Rosenberg,

Sadiq Khan
Sadiq Khan

London Mayor Sadiq Khan was confronted by angry residents at a press conference following Wednesday’s deadly blaze at Grenfall Tower.

Hecklers chided Khan throughout the press conference, as residents interrupted him and on several occasions, approached him while shouting, before being restrained by police.

“Someone needs to be accountable,” one woman yelled. “These deaths could have been prevented.”

Khan referenced the hecklers in his comments, calling their demands ‘understandable’.

“Understandably the residents are angry and concerned and have genuine questions that demand answers.”

Reports claiming that the managing company which refurbished the tower made only cosmetic improvements while neglecting fire hazards in the building and taking no steps to ensure that a functional sprinkler system was installed inside have led to calls for criminal prosecution.

Among the hecklers was seven-year old Kai Ramos, who shouted at Khan “How many children died? What are you going to do about it?”

Khan responded to Ramos, saying: “The bad news is I'm afraid, lots of people died in this fire, there were very brave firefighters and police and ambulance workers.”

"They are going through the building now, that's why it takes time you see. I know it's very sad because you might have a friend in there."

Ramos pressed the mayor again, asking “What are you going to do about it? What are you going to do with people’s lives? They’ve lost their homes.”