The number of people who died in the London apartment tower fire earlier this month has risen to 80, investigators said Wednesday.


And the number of buildings that failed flammability tests has also increased from 60 to 120.

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The new information emerged during a regular question-and-answer session that Prime Minister Theresa May held with lawmakers, Fox News reported.


The leader of Britain’s Labor party, Jeremy Corbyn called the disaster a “wake-up call” and said that the Grenfell fire had “exposed the disastrous effect of austerity” as he clashed with the P.M. May, Sky News reported.

Corbyn blamed cuts to local authority budgets. “When you cut local authority budgets by 40% we all pay a price in public safety,” he said.


“This disregard for working-class communities, the terrible consequences of deregulation and cutting corners – I urge the Prime Minister to come up with the resources needed to test and remove cladding, retrofit sprinklers, properly fund the fire service and the police so that all our communities can truly feel safe in their own homes” Corbyn added.

Mrs May hit back by saying that cladding of tower blocks had not started under her Government or the coalition government.

“The cladding of tower blocks began under the Blair government,” she said, before going on to say the Labor government introduced changes in the regulations on safety inspections.

“In 2005 it was a Labour government that introduced the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order which changed the requirement to inspect a building on fire safety from the local fire authority – which was usually the fire brigade – to a responsible person,” the PM said.

Mrs May also appealed for unity and calm as investigations try to ascertain what happened in the fire.

“There are real issues here – we are not going to get to the truth by pointing fingers, we will by calm determination,” she said.

May said temporary accommodation offers had been made to 65 families and more than $2.5 million was being given to support the affected families, through charities and a discretionary fund.

The Grenfell tower went up in flames on June 14, after a refrigerator fire shot up the 24-story building.

To encourage cooperation with authorities, Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May said the government won’t penalize any Grenfell fire survivors who were in the country illegally.

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