Search for victims continues at site of deadly London high-rise fire

At least 12 people perished yesterday and many more are still missing after a massive inferno tore through a London apartment block, with witnesses reporting terrified people had leapt from the 24-storey tower. "I can confirm six fatalities at this time but this figure is likely to rise", said police commander Stuart Cundy, describing the fire as "truly shocking". She added that "unknown numbers" of people are still believed to be inside the high-rise.

London Police are expressing concern that they may not be able to identify all of the people who died in the tragic west London apartment tower fire.

She said urban search units backed by specialist dog teams would slowly make their way through the building as structural surveyors helped make the tower safe.

Us members of the public were reassuring them, telling them we've done what we can and that we've phoned 999, but obviously the look on their face was death,"Lamrani said". Questions pointed to non-existent or malfunctioning sprinklers, flammable plastic building components, and insufficient fire escapes.

"We need to know what happened, we need to have an explanation of this".

But David Collins, former chairman of the Grenfell Tower Residents' Association, said the building's management had failed to listen to residents' calls for improvements on fire safety.

"Hundreds of thousands of people in our country live in tower blocks, very high-rise tower blocks".

The fire broke out in the 1970s-built, 24-story structure Tuesday night.

Police say the rescue operations could take weeks.

"I waited from 1am to 4am until the fire had spread all over the building". Thirty-seven people remained in hospital, with 17 of them in critical care.

As many as 250 firefighters and 40 fire engines rushed to the spot to douse the fire. Authorities have said many more victims are expected.

'We have to get to the bottom of this. Volunteers even had to start turning donations away.

Local residents had warned a year ago about a potential fire risk caused by rubbish being allowed to accumulate during the refurbishment. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has offered free food for survivors at one of his nearby eateries.

Terry revealed how he went up as far as the 10th floor of the tower block and expects the death toll to rise, adding: "The amount of kit that this job has absorbed from the London Fire Brigade is unbelievable".

  • Leroy Wright