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Grenfell Tower Death Toll Rises, Queen Visits West London Site

06/16/2017 09:11 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 09:59 EDT

LONDON — The Latest on the London tower block fire (all times local):

2:10 p.m.

Britain's Guardian newspaper is reporting that cladding used on the high-rise structure that burned this week in west London was made of the cheaper, more flammable material of two types offered by the manufacturer.

The newspaper said Friday that Omnis Exteriors manufactured the aluminum composite material used in the cladding. It quoted director John Cowley as saying that Omnis had supplied Reynobond PE cladding.

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Members of a search and rescue team are seen on the roof of Grenfell Tower on June 16, 2017 in London.

(Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images)

This type of cladding is 2 pounds cheaper ($2.56) per square meter than the alternative Reynobond FR, which stands for "fire resistant''.

Cowley was quoted by the Guardian as saying: "We supplied components for a system created by the design and build team on that project.''

Attention has focused on a recent renovation project involving cladding installation as people search for answers on the fire that claimed at least 30 lives.

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12:45 p.m.

Prime Minister Theresa May is speaking with survivors of the high-rise fire in which 30 people are confirmed to have died.

May visited Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, which is treating eight people. Three are in critical condition.

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A woman walks by missing person posters near The Grenfell Tower block, destroyed by fire in West London on June 16, 2017. (Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

The visit can be seen as a response to the anger of residents from the west London neighbourhood because May had visited the scene of the fire without meeting victims. Other members of her Conservative Party urged her to show concern for the dozens of victims and survivors of the blaze.

May will later chair a meeting on how the authorities can help affected communities and victims recover.

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12:30 p.m.

London police say the number of victims has increased to 30 in the fire that engulfed a high-rise building.

Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said Friday that 24 people are being treated in the hospital, including 12 in critical care. The number of victims is expected to grow.

Authorities say they've examined original location of fire and there is no indication it was started deliberately

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11:05 a.m.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William have arrived at a west London site where community groups have gathered supplies for those affected by the tower fire disaster.

The queen is meeting with volunteers Friday.

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince William meet emergency workers near the scene of the the fire that destroyed the Grenfell Tower block, in north Kensington, West London on June 16, 2017. (Photo: Hannah McKay/Reuters)

The monarch has expressed her sympathies to families of victims of the blaze that ripped through the 24-story building, killing at least 17.

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10:00 a.m.

Relatives of those missing after a high-rise tower blaze in London are searching frantically for their loved ones, as the police commander in charge of the investigation says he hopes the death toll will not rise to three figures.

Firefighters searching the smouldering ruin in west London have recovered six bodies from the 24-story Grenfell Tower, while 11 others have been located but cannot yet be removed from the gutted structure.

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Grenfell Tower on June 16, 2017 in London. (Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images)

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Firefighters inspect the remains of Grenfell Tower on June 16, 2017 in London. (Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images)

Families searching for their loved ones have blanketed the area near the tower with posters searching for answers, and sorrow is quickly turning to anger over whether recent building works were properly done.

Meanwhile, Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy responded to speculation that the number of dead could exceed 100, saying: "From a personal perspective, I really hope it isn't.''