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UK acquires apartments for tenants displaced by tower fire

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/21/2017
Demonstrators hold a banner demanding justice for the victims of the recent deadly fire at Grenfell Tower apartment block as they march towards parliament in central London Wednesday June 21, 2017. The mass "Day of Rage" demonstration is timed to coincide with the state opening of parliament Wednesday. (AP Photo / Matt Dunham) © The Associated Press Demonstrators hold a banner demanding justice for the victims of the recent deadly fire at Grenfell Tower apartment block as they march towards parliament in central London Wednesday June 21, 2017. The mass "Day of Rage" demonstration is timed to coincide with the state opening of parliament Wednesday. (AP Photo / Matt Dunham)

LONDON (AP) — The British government has acquired newly built apartments that can be used to house some of the residents displaced by the horrific fire last week at a high-rise public housing complex, officials announced Wednesday.

General view of apartments in the Kensington Row development, in Kensington, west London Wednesday June 21, 2017. British officials said that the government has acquired newly built apartments that can be used to house some of the residents displaced by the horrific fire last week at Grenfell Tower. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said Wednesday that the 68 apartments are “all newly built social housing” located in the Kensington Row development in the Kensington and Chelsea borough where the fire occurred. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP) © The Associated Press General view of apartments in the Kensington Row development, in Kensington, west London Wednesday June 21, 2017. British officials said that the government has acquired newly built apartments that can be used to house some of the residents displaced by the horrific fire last week at Grenfell Tower. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said Wednesday that the 68 apartments are “all newly built social housing” located in the Kensington Row development in the Kensington and Chelsea borough where the fire occurred. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)

The 68 apartments are "all newly built social housing" located in the Kensington and Chelsea borough where the Grenfell Tower fire occurred, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said.

Demonstrators hold placards asking for social and political changes, with many demanding justice for the victims of the recent deadly apartment block fire at Grenfell Tower, as they march towards parliament in central London Wednesday June 21, 2017. The mass "Day of Rage" demonstration is timed to coincide with the state opening of parliament Wednesday. (AP Photo / Matt Dunham) © The Associated Press Demonstrators hold placards asking for social and political changes, with many demanding justice for the victims of the recent deadly apartment block fire at Grenfell Tower, as they march towards parliament in central London Wednesday June 21, 2017. The mass "Day of Rage" demonstration is timed to coincide with the state opening of parliament Wednesday. (AP Photo / Matt Dunham)

The blaze killed at least 79 people and displaced many more. The government is scrambling to find housing in the local area, which includes some of the most expensive real estate in London.

Demonstrators march in central London, many demanding justice justice for the victims of the recent deadly apartment block fire at Grenfell Tower, as they march towards parliament in central London Wednesday June 21, 2017. The mass "Day of Rage" demonstration is timed to coincide with the state opening of parliament Wednesday. (AP Photo / Matt Dunham) © The Associated Press Demonstrators march in central London, many demanding justice justice for the victims of the recent deadly apartment block fire at Grenfell Tower, as they march towards parliament in central London Wednesday June 21, 2017. The mass "Day of Rage" demonstration is timed to coincide with the state opening of parliament Wednesday. (AP Photo / Matt Dunham)

The government said every displaced family will be re-housed in the locally and "the expectation" is that the 68 apartments will be used as permanent residences for some of the burned-out Grenfell Tower's residents. The flats are part of the upscale Kensington Row development.

The Department for Communities and Local Government says 110 housing need assessments have been made since the tragedy.

Private fundraising efforts continue as well. A charity music single produced by "American Idol" and "The X Factor" judge Simon Cowell was released Wednesday to help victims of the devastating fire.

Some 50 artists performed a cover of Simon and Garfunkel's classic recording of "Bridge Over Troubled Water." The singers included Rita Ora, Robbie Williams, Liam Payne and Jessie J.

Grime star Stormzy opens the single, rapping: "I don't know where to begin so I'll start by saying I refuse to forget you/I refuse to be silenced/I refuse to neglect you/That's for every last soul up in Grenfell/Even though I've never even met you."

The single marked a week since the blaze, which ripped through the apartment building in the early hours of June 14, when many of the residents were home asleep.

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