The Latest: Critics see class divisions in London tower fire – Kansas News

The Latest: Critics see class divisions in London tower fire –  Kansas News

The Latest on the London high-rise fire (all times local):

7:15 p.m.

Anger about the Grenfell Tower fire disaster in London is being fueled by the feeling that safety problems with the building were ignored because the residents are mainly poor people in a largely affluent community.

The public housing block is located in a neighborhood that ranks among England’s most-deprived areas — in the lowest 10 percent, according to government data for 2015. Yet the community sits adjacent to neighborhoods that are among the richest in Britain, even the world. Notting Hill and Holland Park are home to celebrities and investment bankers, with properties costing millions.

A musician who goes by the name of Akala told Britain’s Channel 4 television on Thursday that “the people who died and lost their homes, this happened to them because they are poor.” He says “there is no way that rich people live in a building without adequate fire safety.”

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