New footage taken from inside Grenfell Tower has revealed the devastation caused by the inferno – as police revealed the death toll is expected to rise once again.
Harrowing images show the charred remains of flats and hallways that were once home to hundreds of families before the blaze broke out on Wednesday morning.
One video shows the gutted interior of a flat, its kitchen appliances burnt to a crisp and a bed mattress reduced to nothing more than hundreds of springs.
Another shows the destruction caused to the lifts inside the 27-storey tower block, while one image captures a firefighter surveying the damage outside its entrance.
Met Police also revealed that the official number of people either dead or missing – currently 58 – is expected to rise following searches of the wreckage.
An appeal was launched for information on people who could have been visiting the tower at the time but have not yet been reported missing by friends of relatives.
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Harrowing images show the charred remains of flats and hallways that were once home to hundreds of families before the blaze broke out on Wednesday morning
Another photograph shows the destruction caused to the lifts inside the 27-storey tower block (pictured)
The latest images were captured by a specialist police recovery team sent into the wreck to find the bodies of victims and evidence on what caused the fire.
In a statement, Metropolitan Police said the images have been taken inside flats where police know that everyone inside has been accounted for.
Commander Stuart Cundy said the fire damage witnessed by specialist teams inside Grenfell Tower verged on ‘indescribable’.
He said: ‘It is really important that we are clear about the scale of the challenge facing us as our teams search Grenfell Tower to recover those people still inside and return them to their loved ones.
‘Whilst our teams have been from the bottom to the top of the tower, we must now carry out a full forensic and systematic search.
‘The conditions due to the fire damage verge on indescribable, which is why this will be such a lengthy operation taking weeks to complete.
In this image released by Metropolitan Plice, a firefighter is seen surveying the damage outside the entrance to Grenfell Tower
One video shows the gutted interior of a flat, its kitchen appliances burnt to a crisp and a bed mattress reduced to nothing more than hundreds of springs (shown)
Commander Stuart Cundy said the fire damage witnessed by specialist teams inside Grenfell Tower verged on ‘indescribable’
‘We must also prepare people for the terrible reality that some people may not be identified due to the intensity of the fire.’
‘Work has been ongoing throughout the night and continues today, so we can get as good an understanding as possible about who we believe to be still missing.
‘Sadly that work leads me to believe that the number of people missing, but as yet unaccounted for has risen from yesterday’s figure of 58.’
Commander Cundy also said that today’s searches suggest that there may have been people inside the tower who have not been reported missing.
‘I must consider the fact that there may be others in the building who, for whatever reason, have not been reported to us.
‘There is also a real possibility that there may be people in the building that no one knows are missing.’
‘I want to hear from anyone who believes that they know someone who may have been living, staying or visiting but has not yet been reported missing to us.
In a statement, Metropolitan Police said the images have been taken inside flats where police know that everyone inside has been accounted for
These are the people who lived in the tower and are still missing following the blaze on Wednesday
‘We are not interested in your reasons for not telling us sooner, we just want to understand as best as we can who may still be inside the building.’
It is understood that more bodies have been discovered during the search, with the figure due to be officially updated tomorrow.
It comes as residents whose homes were destroyed were told they would receive a £5,500 Government down payment from tomorrow.
The announcement was made by Downing Street on Sunday evening, as the Prime Minister faced intense scrutiny over her government’s reaction to the disaster.
Residents will be given £500 in cash followed by a bank payment for the rest from Monday.
Theresa May insisted the Government was doing everything possible to help those caught up in the tragedy.
A woman was seen laying flowers close to the scene where the blaze happened in west London
Residents tried to escape from Grenfell Tower (pictured) in west London in the early hours of Wednesday morning
The money will come from the £5 million fund announced by Mrs May on Friday.
No 10 said further payments will be available from the Westway Centre and the nearby post office in Portobello Road.
Help will be given to residents who do not have bank accounts.
Mrs May said: ‘As we continue to respond to the needs of the community, our focus is on ensuring that all of those affected by this unimaginable tragedy get the right support as quickly as possible.
‘My government will continue to do absolutely everything possible to help all of those affected through the difficult days, weeks, months and years ahead.’
Police have said at least 58 people died, or are missing, presumed dead, after the devastating blaze ravaged the tower block in the early hours of Wednesday.
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The Grenfell Tower fire has prompted an extraordinary outpouring of support from Britons as they try to help the victims both financially and with gifts of food, clothing and other essentials.
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The money will go to the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation, the company’s local charity partner.
The foundation is coordinating a major funding appeal with support from London Funders and the London Emergency Trust Fund, and has set up a donation page on its website.
Every penny raised on the site will go directly to charities funding the relief effort in the local community, both for those who lost loved-ones and those who lost their homes and all their possessions.
Readers can also donate via cheque. Please make cheques payable to ‘The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation’ and send to: Grenfell Tower Appeal, The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation, 111–117 Lancaster Road, London W11 1QT.
The gutted block is just over a mile from the MailOnline and Daily Mail offices in Kensington, West London, known as Northcliffe House.
Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT) chairman Lord Rothermere and chief executive Paul Zwillenberg announced a £100,000 donation to the charity.