UK PM orders public inquiry into tower fire

Smoke was still wafting out of the shell of the Grenfell Tower on Thursday morning, after Wednesday's blaze turned it into a flaming torch in minutes. It appeared that the fire was extinguished early Wednesday but it was ablaze again by 11.15 a.m. Police and fire services attempted to evacuate the concrete block and said "a number of people are being treated for a range of injuries", including at least two for smoke inhalation. "When these people do bad, we are the first ones to talk about them but they saved many lives today and we can't be more thankful to them", said an awe-struck woman residing in the neighborhood. "There are 37 people receiving treatment, of which 17 are still in critical care".

"We really are all one people", posted one audience member, as another followed: "My thoughts and prayers go out to Sawsan, Her family and all the other families who have been affected by the #GrenfellTowerFire".

London Fire Brigade chief Dany Cotton said urban search units backed by specialist dog teams would scour the building as structural surveyors helped make the tower safe.

Officials are investigating the cause of the fire.

Adele also have visited the scene of the fire on Wednesday night.

Survivors said they saw the flames outside their windows, rising up the exterior of the building, which had recently been covered in cladding during a major refurbishment finished previous year.

"We just need to know what is being used on apartment buildings, including those being retrofitted are fire retardant and meet Australian standards", the Senator said.

"It is also heartening to see the incredible generosity of community volunteers rallying to help those affected by this bad event", the queen said.

Many have been flooded with so much food, clothing and other supplies that they were turning new donations away.

Grenfell Tower is managed by the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation on behalf of the local council. The involvement of Muslims has also been the talk following the unfortunate event of the Grenfell Tower catching fire but this time for all the right reasons.

The death toll from the devastating tower block fire in west London is expected to rise as investigators trawl through the wreckage in the search for other victims.

TOUCHING tribute messages have been written on a wall of condolence close to Grenfell Tower block as devastated friends and relatives come to pay their respects.

The emergency services said it was too early to say what had caused the inferno, which left the block a charred, smoking shell.

"The potential for a fire to break out in the communal area on the walkway does not bear thinking about as residents would be trapped in the building with no way out", it said.

  • Carolyn Briggs