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Grenfell Tower fire: Book of Condolence to open in Belfast

A Book of Condolence for the victims of last week’s fire at Grenfell Tower in London is to be opened at Belfast City Hall.

The book will be officially opened by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Nuala McAllister, on Tuesday afternoon.

It will be available for signing in the main reception of the City Hall from 1pm.

It comes after Metropolitan Police said the number of people dead and missing presumed dead after the Grenfell Tower disaster rose to 79.

The latest figures from NHS England show that 17 patients are still being treated in four London hospitals. Of these, nine are in critical care.

Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said five people had been formally identified and the rest were "sadly" missing presumed dead.

He told reporters the "awful reality" was that it might not be possible to identify all the victims.

Some families have lost more than one member, he added.

The announcement came ahead of a minute's silence held across all Government buildings at 11am on Monday to remember the people who lost their lives and all those affected by the fire in north Kensington last week.

Mr Cundy said the death toll may still change, but not as significantly as it has in recent days.

He fought back tears as he told reporters about the scene inside the 24-storey tower in north Kensington.

Footage from inside the gutted building has been released, showing the extent of the damage caused by the blaze.

He said it had been "incredibly emotional working in there", adding: "On Saturday I went in myself and went to the top floor.

"And it is incredibly hard to describe the devastation in some parts of that building."

Five people who had been reported missing after the disaster have been found safe and well, he added.

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