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Police Release First Images From Inside London’s Grenfell Tower

Image: The inside of Grenfell Tower in west London
The inside of an apartment in Grenfell Tower in west London. The Metropolitan Police / AFP - Getty Images

Harrowing images from inside Grenfell Tower, the high-rise apartment block that went up in flames last week, were released by London's Metropolitan Police on Sunday.

The images of the blackened, scorched innards of the building show debris-strewn rooms that were formerly occupied by working-class residents of London.

Authorities said Saturday that 30 people were confirmed to have died and that 28 others were missing and presumed dead. But Met Police Commander Stuart Cundy warned that the numbers may rise.

Image: West London tower block fire aftermath
A burned apartment inside Grenfell Tower in west London. Metropolitan Police / EPA

The building had recently underwent an $11 million upgrade, triggering questions about how it became a blazing concrete coffin.

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Elevators inside Grenfell Tower in west London. Metropolitan Police / AFP - Getty Images

Experts said the 24-story building's "cladding" — an outer layer of panels added to improve its appearance and energy efficiency while keeping moisture out — would be among the focuses of the investigation.