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Grenfell: 255 fled blaze, but 80 are dead or missing

Burned out: The remains of Grenfell Tower PICTURE: PA

ABOUT 255 survivors escaped the Grenfell Tower blaze according to police, who still believe about 80 people are dead or missing.

Thirty two victims have been positively identified, with 55 post mortem examinations having taken place, Scotland Yard said yesterday.

Some bodies may never be identified because of the damage caused by the fire.

The Grenfell investigation is the biggest the Metropolitan Police has conducted outside of counter-terrorism operations.

Inquiries have revealed 350 people should have been in the Kensington tower on the night of June 14, but police believe 14 residents were not there at the time. It is feared the scale of the tragedy is not reflected in official figures because many lived in the building unofficially.

Tenants illegally subletting flats have been urged to come forward to help establish the death toll.

The government has said no one would face charges for illegally renting out their flats, and the Home Office has made clear there will be no immigration checks on survivors and anyone coming forward with information.

Officers have contacted residents in 106 of the 129 flats, but have not been able to speak to anyone from the others.