Mayor Sadiq Khan confronted by irate Londoners after fire

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has faced a barrage of questions and accusations from angry and distraught citizens outside the burnt-out shell of Grenfell Tower.

Visiting the scene of the enormous fire that consumed the 24-storey apartment block and claimed the lives of at least 17 people, Mr Khan was confronted by hundreds of residents.

He is reported to have met with as many as 300 people outside Notting Hill Methodist Church in west London, telling them he shared their anger.

"One of the things the public inquiry will look into is the refurbishment of the tower blocks and whether the tower block was refurbished in a safe way," Mr Khan said.

"There are obvious questions about value for money and other questions that will be raised and other questions that demand answers.

"We can't afford to wait many years for those answers, which is why I am today calling for an interim report to be published this summer."

He received a number of difficult questions, including one from a young child who reportedly asked, "How many children died? What are you going to do about it?"

Earlier, a police chief expressed hope that the 17 confirmed deaths would not rise to triple figures.