Britain's Queen Elizabeth visits London fire volunteers as locals plead for answers

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II meets firefighters during a visit to the Westway Sports Centre which is providing temporary shelter for those who have been made homeless in the Grenfell Tower disaster, in west London on June 16, 2017.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II meets firefighters during a visit to the Westway Sports Centre which is providing temporary shelter for those who have been made homeless in the Grenfell Tower disaster, in west London on June 16, 2017.PHOTO: AFP
British Queen Elizabeth II greets firefighters and the National Health Service (NHS) personnel as she attends a meeting with the residents of the Grenfell Tower, which was burned-out in a fire at the West Gate sport centre, London, Britain on June 16
British Queen Elizabeth II greets firefighters and the National Health Service (NHS) personnel as she attends a meeting with the residents of the Grenfell Tower, which was burned-out in a fire at the West Gate sport centre, London, Britain on June 16, 2017.PHOTO: EPA
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II signs a book of condolences as she visits the scene of the fire that destroyed the Grenfell tower block in west London on June 16, 2017.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II signs a book of condolences as she visits the scene of the fire that destroyed the Grenfell tower block in west London on June 16, 2017.PHOTO: AFP
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is shown donations for members of the community affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower, during a visit to the Westway Sports Centre in west London on June 16, 2017.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is shown donations for members of the community affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower, during a visit to the Westway Sports Centre in west London on June 16, 2017.PHOTO: AFP
Britain's Queen Elizabeth leaves after visiting the general scene of the fire that destroyed the Grenfell Tower block, in north Kensington, West London, Britain on June 16, 2017.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth leaves after visiting the general scene of the fire that destroyed the Grenfell Tower block, in north Kensington, West London, Britain on June 16, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (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 (June 16), 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.

“It’s come over very strongly how good the community has been to help,” the queen said. 

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."

The fire in the block in west London burned for hours, and authorities fear that the official death toll of 30 is likely to rise, with many of the dead unlikely ever to be identified.

London Fire chief Dany Cotton said that the intensity of the blaze was unlike anything she had ever seen, sentiments echoed by the prince. “That’s one of the most terrible things I have ever seen,”William told a volunteer.