London tower block fire

Rydon Ltd, the main contractor, says a "more efficient communal heating system and bespoke smoke extract and ventilation system were fitted" in the building. About 600 people were believed to have been inside the tower's 120 flats when the blaze ripped through the building.

A structural engineer has assessed the building and it has been deemed safe for fire crew to continue search and rescue efforts.

The Tower narrowly avoided a "major fire disaster" in 2013, according to the blog, after a period of "terrifying power surges" caused by faulty wiring.

Grenfell Tower is now "lurching" to one side after a "very, very severe fire" broke out in the early hours of this morning, with those inside claiming a fire alarm failed to sound.

The blaze at Lakanal Flats, off Dalwood Street in Camberwell in 2009, killed a three-week-old baby, two children aged three and six, and three adults.

Ash Sha, 30, who witnessed the fire and has an aunt in the building who managed to escape from the second floor, said the local council had renovated the tower.

"Playing with fire!", suggests that "only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the KCTMO, and bring an end to the risky living conditions and neglect of health and safety legislation that they inflict upon their tenants and leaseholders".

Taking to Twitter, Aisleyne told her 231k followers: "I'm going down now to see who I can help".

A blaze at a 24-story apartment block broke out around midnight, and parts of the building were still ablaze some nine hours later on Wednesday morning.

A witness, Jody Martin, said: "I watched one person falling out, I watched another woman holding her baby out the window. hearing screams". The windows were slightly ajar, a woman was gesturing that she was about to throw her baby and if somebody could catch her baby.

"I grabbed my little girl and ran down the stairs", he said.

By early morning, most of the block was a blackened hulk.

Other survivors spoke of confusion and conflicting advice given to residents, many of whom had been advised in advance not to leave their apartments in the event of a fire.

A survivor of the massive high-rise apartment fire in London says he's lucky to be alive. "There was heavy smoke in the hallway".

A woman who volunteers at one of the local community centres where residents are being taken said dozens of children remain unaccounted for, as separated families desperately try to reunite with their loved ones.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said that he was "devastated" at the scenes that were unfolding at Greenfell, and vowed to provide answers for those in the city.

London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton there had been "a number of fatalities" but she could not confirm how many.

"This is an unprecedented incident", she told reporters."In my 29 years of being a firefighter, I have never ever seen anything of this scale".

Some people told CNN they didn't even hear a fire alarm.

  • Zachary Reyes