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Final death toll from Grenfell fire rises to 71

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The Metropolitan Police has announced that the number of formally identified victims from the Grenfell Tower fire has risen from 67 to 71. One of the victims is a stillborn baby, Logan Gomes, who was born just hours after his parents escaped the blaze.

Marcio and Andreia Gomes told The Telegraph newspaper that they managed to make their way out from the 21st floor of the tower but lost their unborn son later that day, two months before he was due. He was delivered while his mother lay unconscious in an induced coma.

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Police now believe that all of those who died in the tragedy on June 14th have been recovered and identified. The search operation inside the tower is now nearing its final stage and is expected to conclude early next month. Investigators say that based on all of the work carried out so far, it is highly unlikely there are any other remains of victims inside.

The human cost and terrible reality of what took place at Grenfell Tower affects so many people. Our search operation and ongoing investigation is about those people. Tragically, that night, 70 children and adults died and a baby was stillborn. My thoughts, and those of all my colleagues in the Met Police are with all those who lost their loved ones, those who survived, the local community and all those who live with this tragedy every day.

– Commander Stuart Cundy, Metropolitan Police
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In the immediate aftermath of the fire 400 people were listed as missing. In the five months since the blaze, investigations have been underway to establish exactly who was there on the night of the fire. Police say they are now confident that all have been traced and accounted for.