A full public inquiry into fatal disaster at Grenfell Tower will be carried out after questions were being asked about the speed at which the fire spread.

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, visited to the Grenfell Tower this morning and on her return said: ‘Right now people want answers and its absolutely right. That’s why I am today ordering a full public inquiry into this disaster. We need to know what happened. We need to have an explanation of this we owe that to the families, to the people who have lost loved ones, friends and the homes in which they lived.”

The death toll has risen to 17 and it is expected to rise as fire brigade staff search the tower in North Kensington, west London.

The tower’s managers, the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation, said in a statement: “We wish to repeat our sincere and heartfelt condolences to all those who have been affected as a result of this devastating event at Grenfell Tower. It is too early to speculate what caused the fire and contributed to its spread. We will co-operate fully with all the relevant authorities in order to ascertain the cause of this tragedy.”