A huge fire started at the 24-floor Grenfell tower high-rise block in North Kensington on Wednesday, engulfing the entire building and trapping nearly 120 families inside.
'We have been from the top to the bottom of Grenfell Tower.
Speaking to the Observer, she said crews did not follow normal practice, adding: "Had we just followed standard fire brigade procedures, we would not have been able to commit firefighters in and conduct the rescues we did".
"That number 58 may change".
At least 79 people have been presumed dead in the massive fire that engulfed a 24-storey tower here, the Scotland Yard said today, warning that the toll could climb further in one of the worst fire tragedies in the UK.
He said it will take "weeks or longer" to recover and identify all the dead in the social housing building that was left charred and gutted by the devastating blaze.
But five people previously reported missing were found to be "safe and well", Cundy said. I can confirm that a 5 million pound ($6 million) emergency fund that I announced yesterday is now being distributed on the ground so people can buy clothes, food and other essentials.
"That is also an absolute priority for the investigation - to establish who they may be", he added.
Trade Minister Greg Hands said the government is carrying out an "urgent inspection" of the roughly 2,500 similar tower blocks across Britain to assess their safety, while an opposition lawmaker urged the government to quickly secure documents in the Grenfell renovation for the criminal probe.
"We have colleagues in there as we speak, searching for and recovering those who have died".
The Home Office said it is "making arrangements" for the family of 23-year-old Syrian refugee Mohammad Alhajali - the first victim to be formally identified - to travel to the United Kingdom for his funeral.
Alhajali, who lived on the 14th floor, was a civil engineering student at West London University.
"His family is being supported by liaison officers from the Metropolitan Police", Cundy said.
"Where offences have been committed, I will do everything in my gift to make sure they are brought to justice", he said. What emerges in the coming weeks and months will be very hard for many people, including politicians and organisations, but we must get to the truth, Mr Khan continued.