Grenfell fire: Police say 255 people survived the blaze

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The Metropolitan Police believe there were around 255 survivors from last’s month fire at Grenfell Tower in London.

Police say “extensive investigations” led them to conclude 350 people should have been in the Kensington tower block on the night of the blaze on 14 June.

That night, 14 residents were not in the building, leaving at least 80 people dead or missing, the Met said.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Chalmers, leading the Met’s operation, described the task as “unprecedented”.

In the update on Monday, police said 32 bodies had been formally identified by the coroner.

There are 250 specialist investigators working on the Met’s operation, including the process of formally identifying those who died, and finding out how the fire started.

Scotland Yard said forensic pathologists were sieving through debris in the building to look for human remains, while “phase one” of the operation – removing identifiable bodies – has now been completed.

All remains have been scanned for objects which may be used to identify victims, such as surgical implants, personal jewellery, glasses and teeth.

A parallel investigation into the causes of the fire is also continuing.

Early into the investigation, Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said the recovery operation would be carried out “as quickly and with as much dignity as we can” but that there would be no survivors from inside the building.

But Scotland Yard believes that about 10 people escaped the fire and are unwilling to come forward.

Last week, the government said it would not conduct immigration checks on survivors and those coming forward with information in a bid to aid the investigation.

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