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Death toll rises to 12 in London apartment building inferno

15 Juin 2017

Police commander Stuart Cundy said Wednesday he did not anticipate further survivors.

A quick-thinking man caught a baby thrown from the "ninth or the tenth floor" window of a building by a desperate woman after a huge fire engulfed the 24-storey residential tower block here.

The north Kensington tower resembled a giant blazing chimney with smoke billowing against the skyline at dawn, spreading ash, smoke and debris around. At one point, most of the building was engulfed in flames. "The fire started on the upper floors".

"Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are working extremely hard in very difficult conditions to tackle this fire", he said in a post on the brigade's Facebook page. Laurence Julius, honorary treasurer of the synagogue, wrote to the Kensington and Chelsea Council, "We have just heard of the news and as part of the local community we would like to offer to help".

The tower block was recently refurbished at a cost of £8.7 million, with work completed in May past year.

The London Fire Brigade said the cause of the fire was under investigation, but its chief Dany Cotton said she had "never seen anything on this scale" in her 29-year career.

Edward Daffarn, a 55-year-old who lived on the building's 16th floor, said the fire alarm didn't ring.

Ronnie King, honorary secretary of the All-Party Fire Safety and Rescue Group, told LBC there were about 4,000 tower blocks that did not have fire sprinklers fitted into them.

It is not known yet how many people died in the blaze, as many people's whereabouts remain unaccounted for, but it is believed that up to 600 people lived there inside 120 flats. But the smoke covered them. The fire sent up plumes of smoke that could be seen from miles away.

Michael Paramasivan, who lives on the seventh floor with his girlfriend and young daughter, said he ignored official advice to stay in your home.

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Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., said several other people also were hit, including two law enforcement officers.

More than 200 firefighters worked through the night and were still finding pockets of fire inside later in the day. "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us", Ryan said. "I consider this mass murder".

Prime Minister Theresa May's Downing Street office said she was "deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life" in the fire. Investigators need to look at what materials were used in the project and who approved their use, Ruane said.

The £8.7 million ($11 million, 9.9 million euros) refit was completed in May 2016.

Another eyewitness, Daniel, said: "They were trapped". The building was to undergo specific improvements to fire safety and ventilation works.

"Ninety percent of residents had signed a petition at the end of 2015 complaining about the mismanagement", he said.

His daughter Nadia was visiting yesterday evening, and when the fire broke out she got into the lift with him.

A 24-storey block of flats in west London was reduced to a smouldering carcass after a blaze that began in the early hours of Wednesday killed at least twelve people, critically injuring 20 and leaving hundreds of families destroyed and traumatised.

Before and during the refurbishment, the local Grenfell Action Group claimed that the block constituted a fire risk and residents warned that site access for emergency vehicles was "severely restricted".

"It appears that the external cladding has significantly contributed to the spread of fire", he said.