London Police: 58 missing considered dead in high-rise fire

London Police chief says missing people must be presumed dead, promises to investigate cause.

Chana Roberts,

27-story London skyscrapper goes up in flames
27-story London skyscrapper goes up in flames

Three days after the Grenfell Tower fire in London, England, the London Police announced 58 missing people as probably dead.

"Sadly, at this time there are 58 people who we have been told were in the Grenfell Tower on the night that are missing. And therefore, sadly, I have to assume that they are dead," London Police Commander Stuart Cundy said.

"If criminal offences have been committed it is we who will investigate that.

"What is important for me is I will only say something that I know to be true. I know at least 30 people who have died and sadly I do believe those numbers … will increase. As soon as we can we will share that with the families and wider community.

"It is going to take a considerable period of time to fully work through Grenfell Tower over the coming weeks."