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Flag at half mast in Halifax in memory of Grenfell Tower victims

Respects are being paid at Halifax Town Hall Credit: Calderdale Council

The flag at Halifax Town Hall is at half mast today in memory of the victims who died in the Grenfell Tower disaster.

At least 12 people have died following the blaze at the tower block in west London, but the Metropolitan Police expects more fatalities.

Concerns about fire safety had reportedly been raised months ahead of the blaze and questions are now being asked about how the fire spread through the tower block so quickly despite the UK's stringent fire safety regulations.

Emergency services remain at the scene in west London Credit: PA

Calderdale Council say they are working with the area's local housing providers 'to provide reassurance.

Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift said:

“We share with the rest of the country our sadness at this terrible tragedy and our thoughts are with all of those who have been affected. The Union Flag will fly at half mast today at Halifax Town Hall as a mark of respect and support.

I would also like to thank the emergency services, the Fire Service, Police, Ambulance and Health Service, which responded immediately, working with courage and compassion in such difficult circumstances.

We understand that this incident may have raised concerns within our communities, and we are working with our local housing providers, such as Together Housing, to provide reassurance.

– Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift