Children lost, baby thrown to safety in London blaze
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 21:22
Flumes of black smoke billowed into the air hours after the blaze was sparked.
Police Commander Stuart Cundy said a "recovery operation" could take some time and there could be people in the building who are unaccounted for, though he would not be drawn on a figure. Metropolitan Police said earlier that two people were being treated for smoke inhalation.
"I eventually gained entry onto the second floor, and once I got to the corridor I realised there was so much smoke there".
"We have taken 30 patients to five hospitals", London Ambulance Service said. Of those patients, 18 are in critical care. "I can not confirm the number at this time", he said.
The spokesperson said it was too early to speculate on the integrity of the building before the blaze, but it was now safe for fire personnel to be inside the structure fighting the fire.
London's fire commissioner Dany Cotton called the fire, in which at least six people were killed, an "unprecedented event", saying it was unlike anything she had seen in her 29-year career.
A little after 1 a.m.in the North Kensington area of London, the 24-story Grenfell Tower was ablaze.
The building is social housing, managed by Kensington & Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation on behalf of the council.
On Wednesday morning, the Grenfell Action Group's web site was updated, with a post on the fire.
Numerous witnesses also described seeing people trapped inside their apartments; banging on windows, shining lasers and lights or calling for help.
Samira Lamrani said she saw a woman try to save a baby by dropping it from a window "on the ninth or 10th floor" of the burning west London building, to waiting members of the public below.
She told LBC: "One woman actually threw her son out of the window". About 200 firefighters are in attendance.
CNN reported people were jumping from some of the upper floors.
While a number of places are collecting items for residents' immediate needs, there are other groups planning for the future.
"I got dressed, went downstairs and saw a neighbor".
One witness told sky they believed the fire was started by a faulty fridge. One side of the building appeared to be in flames.
-If there is a fire inside your flat, you should alert all the people in your flat and leave, closing doors behind you.
"There was bits of building falling off all around me, I scalded my shin on a hot piece of metal that had fallen off the building", said Jodie Martin, who lives close to the building and sought to save people from the fire. Sprinklers are not a legal requirement, but we made a decision to install them anyway, having listened to the advice of the Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, and having taken on board Coroner's recommendations following previous block fires elsewhere in the country. "You can't get away from a fire on the 18th floor, but God's grace, they got away".
Burning debris cascaded from the blazing building.
Residents said that during those visits, officials advised them to stay inside their apartments in case of a fire emergency.
Facebook users across the city are being asked to report themselves safe after the fire. "Half of the building was ablaze by the time we got out".
Local residents watch as Grenfell Tower is engulfed by fire on June 14, 2017 in west London.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said a "major incident" had been declared. Police closed the A40, a major road leading out of west London, while some parts London's underground train network were closed as a precaution. Authorities said they did not know the cause of the fire, and that it would be investigated.
"It was like a horror movie, smoke was coming from everywhere", said building resident Adeeb, who hobbled down nine flights of stairs on crutches with his wife and three daughters.