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UK queen visits London fire volunteers as locals plead for answers
June 16, 2017 / 12:37 PM / 3 months ago

UK queen visits London fire volunteers as locals plead for answers

LONDON, June 16 (Reuters) - Britain’s Queen Elizabeth visited residents, volunteers and emergency services at a centre helping those affected by London’s tower block fire on Friday, with grandson Prince William promising to return to hear residents’ concerns.

The queen met locals on her way into the Westway Sports Centre which has been turned into a makeshift shelter after the blaze on Wednesday morning engulfed a 24-storey tower block and killed at least 30 people.

As the royals were leaving the centre, they were met with anguished cries for help from a crowd of about 40 people.

One man held a poster of a missing person, and shouted that he wanted to speak to the queen about lost children. The queen waved to the crowd, and then hesitated before getting into her car.

Some continued to shout in desperation prompting William to respond: “I’ll come back, I’ll come back.” (Reporting by Hannah McKay, writing by Alistair Smout; editing by Michael Holden)

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