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PICS: Hero firefighters break down as they honour London fire dead

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London - Firefighters broke down in tears during a minute’s silence for the victims on Monday.

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Members of the emergency services observe a minute's silence for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire near the site of the blaze in North Kensington, London. Picture: Marko Djurica/ReutersRepresentatives of the London Fire Brigade and emergency services observe a minute silence outside Notting Hill Methodist Church for the victims of the Grenfell Tower Fire in London. Picture: Ray Tang/XinhuaMembers of the emergency services observe a minute's silence for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire near the site of the blaze in London. Picture: Marko Djurica/ReutersMembers of the emergency services observe a minute's silence for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire near the site of the blaze in North Kensington, London. Picture: Marko Djurica/ReutersA message wall is seen following the fire that destroyed the Grenfell Tower block, in north Kensington, West London. Picture: Hannah McKay/ReutersFirefighters from the Manchester Central Community Fire Station observe a minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the fire that destroyed London's Grenfell Tower block. Picture: Phil Noble/ReutersMembers of the emergency services attend a minute's silence for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire near the site of the blaze in North Kensington, London. Picture: Marko Djurica/ReutersPeople put up posters of missing persons in the Grenfell Tower fire in London. Picture: Ray Tang/XinhuaMembers of the emergency services attend a minute's silence for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire near the site of the blaze in North Kensington, London. Picture: Marko Djurica/ReutersRepresentatives of the London Fire Brigade and emergency services observe a minute silence outside Notting Hill Methodist Church for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. Police said the number of dead or missing has increased to 79. Picture: Ray Tang/XinhuaMissing person signs are displayed close to Grenfell Tower block in west London. Picture: Paul Hackett/Reuters

Placing their helmets on the ground, some of the 200 heroes who fought the Grenfell Tower blaze joined survivors for the silence at 11am, which took place in the shadow of the ravaged building.

Members of North Kensington’s Red Watch also laid floral tributes, with moving messages apologising for not being able to save more lives.

One read: ‘I’m sorry we couldn’t get to you’.Another said: ‘We tried, we’re sorry, 20th floor.’

Survivors including the parents of missing Jessica Urbano, 12, hugged firefighters – many of whom, despite being ‘exhausted and traumatised’, have returned to work to help search the wreckage for bodies.

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