London fire service denies risk of collapse of burned out high-rise
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 19:43
The building, which is located in a poverty-stricken pocket of one of London's wealthiest neighborhoods, was engulfed within minutes, said locals.
They did not comment on reports residents were heard screaming from the area and reportedly escaped some flats close to the ground. "The fire started on the upper floors. oh my goodness, it spread so quickly, it had completely spread within half an hour".
Commissioner Dany Cotton calls the fire an "unprecedented incident" and says she has never seen anything on this scale in her 29-year career. By mid-afternoon, firefighters were carrying out systematic searches throughout the charred wreckage.
Viewers of "Good Morning Britain" have hit out at the show, after showing footage of helpless residents trapped in the blaze of Grenfell Tower in London. It's a mixed-development property that houses a boxing gym and a nursery, according to a news release past year from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
"I grabbed my little girl and ran down the stairs", he said. You could see the fire spreading across.
The blaze appears to be the worst since a 2009 fire in south London killed six people, including three children.
The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has confirmed that there have been "a number of fatalities".
Another caller, Linda, told the station how she watched huge chunks of polystyrene type material falling from the building.
Flames from the inferno lit up the night and smoke spewed from the windows of the Grenfell Tower in North Kensington where more than 200 firefighters battled the blaze and went into the building with breathing apparatus.
Ruks Mamudu, 69, escaped from her first floor apartment wearing only her purple pajamas and bathrobe. She and her grandson sat outside the building, helplessly watching those trapped on higher floors.
He said that there were around 50 people helping out at the Latymer Christian Centre.
"The guys are doing an incredible job to try and get people out that building, but it's truly bad".
Hugo Zarey, who lives in one of the other buildings, says he could hear the commotion outside when police pounded on his door and ordered him to leave.
She added: "My daughter's friend said she observed an adult who made some sort of homemade parachute and tried to lower himself out of the window". It was fire up, up, up. "They couldn't stop the fire".
"The fire crew, ambulance and police couldn't do anything, they couldn't get in, and they were just telling them to stay where they are, and we'll come and get you".
The group said there was one entry and exit to the tower during improvement works and it had issues with evacuation procedures.
"I'm lucky to be alive".
"I thought it might be a vehicle alarm outside and saw the glow through the windows". "I consider this mass murder".
In November 2016, the group wrote a blog in which it claimed a major fire was narrowly prevented at the tower in 2013.
Concerns about the safety of the building were raised as early as 2012, when a health and safety review found fire safety equipment had not been checked for up to four years.
Tragically, at least six people have died and 20 are in a critical condition in hospital.
A residents' action group said its warnings about safety had fallen on "deaf ears".
"The mum swayed back and that was the last we saw of her".
She did not know if the children managed to get out.
Samira Lamrany, who lives in a building adjacent to the west London flats, told news.com.au the woman leaned out the window and dropped the baby.
The tower was built in the 1970s and recently subject to a $10.9 million redevelopment, according to property firm Rydon.
"I'm really not in any position to answer any questions about the structure", he said.