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Final Grenfell fire toll sits at 71

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This file photo shows women looking at posters of victims of the June 14 Grenfell Tower block fire. AFP

LONDON (Reuters) – The final death toll from the fire that destroyed the Grenfell Tower social housing block in London in June is 71, police said yesterday after five months of painstaking search and recovery operations. Police had previously said about 80 people died in the blaze, which tore through the 24-storey tower in west London in the middle of the night, but officers now believe all those who died in the fire have been recovered and identified. The figure has come down because some people were reported missing several times, some people who lived in the tower and were feared dead were found to have been elsewhere on the night, and some people were falsely reported dead by fraudsters hoping to receive financial compensation.

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