17 dead in London tower fire, police confirm

"The people who died and lost their homes, this happened to them because they are poor", said the MOBO award-winning artist, who resides in the area, in an interview withChannel 4.

Witnesses told how residents in the upper floors shone their mobile phone torches to attract attention, before they disappeared from view, their screams of help falling silent.

Many in the neighborhood and Grenfell Tower itself were awake when the fire broke out in the early hours of Wednesday having an early morning meal before beginning their daily fast.

The Metropolitan Police have set up a casualty bureau for anyone concerned about their friends and family on 0800 0961 233.

Nearly all of the building had been searched but crews were still trying to put out "pockets of fire" in hard to reach places and "unknown numbers" remain inside, London Fire Brigade Assistant Commissioner Steve Apter said. London Mayor Sadiq Khan said that many questions must be answered about safety for the scores of other apartment buildings around the British capital. Seventeen people have been confirmed dead but that number is expected to rise.

Visiting the scene on Wednesday, Jeremy Corbyn pledged to uncover the truth behind the fire, telling local residents and volunteers: "We will demand and get answers".

Sandrin described the last call as "a farewell" in which Trevisan, 27, thanked her mother for all she had done.

"I anticipate London Fire Brigade will be on the scene here for many days to come", she said.

Some of those who had heeded official advice from the tower block's management to "stay put" and await rescue but perished in the fire.

"It's great that you're in place", he told them.

Relatives of two young Italian architects say they are missing in the London high-rise fire and are hoping for a miracle.

"We've been to all the hospitals and we've been searching all day but we still haven't found them, we just want to know they are safe", he told The Sun.

Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade Dany Cotton said sniffer dogs are being used to search for victims but the process could take "weeks".

Firefighters worked through the night to dampen the fire - with flames still visible, more than 24 hours after the blaze began.

Meanwhile, 44 households were given emergency accommodation.

Clarkson, 57, said he donated his clothes to the victims.

"Questions on the sprinkler system, questions on the fire breaks, questions on why the cladding apparently burnt, questions on building control regulations, questions on the safety".

So much food, clothing, shoes and other items have been coming in that the centers, churches and mosques have had to start turning away new donations.

Missing people posters have been put up throughout the north London neighborhood of North Kensington. "The response of people living nearby who have provided help, compassion and support has I think, once again, shown the fantastic spirit of London".

  • Leroy Wright