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London inferno: Theresa May Govt. under attack for neglecting 'warnings'

15 Juin 2017

Police commander Stuart Cundy gave the death toll but added the figure was likely to rise "during what will be a complex recovery operation over a number of days".

The council has admitted receiving complaints over the refurbishment of a west London tower block which has been ravaged by a deadly fire after an action group said its warnings fell on "deaf ears" when it highlighted safety concerns.

The Metropolitan Police said two people were being treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and cordons were in place.

Some bodies have been removed from the smouldering remains of the building, which contains 120 flats thought to be home to between 400 and 600 people. There have been reports the cause of the fire is believed to be the explosion of a faulty fridge.

The housing block, built in 1974, was recently upgraded at a cost of £8.6 million (฿373 million baht; $11 million), with work finishing in May 2016, according to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Plumes of black smoke billowed high into the air over the British capital for hours after the blaze broke out.

Ruks Mamudu, 69, escaped from her first floor apartment wearing only her purple pajamas and bathrobe.

Residents were told to stay in their apartments in the event of fire, the Independent reported.

"People were starting to appear at the windows, frantically banging and screaming", Lamrani said, adding the woman gestured that she wanted to drop a baby. She left with all six of them.

"I was yelling at everyone to get down and they were saying 'we can't leave our apartments, the smoke is too bad on the corridors'". It seems that the German building lobby got its way, with rules and subsidies on insulation standards having generated a massive surge in orders for them.

"I watched one person falling out, I watched another woman holding her baby out the window. hearing screams", Jody Martin, who was present during the chaos, told the BBC.

"J'ai clairement vu quelqu'un sauter" — Incendie à Londres
La police a procédé à l'évacuation d'une partie des immeubles et maisons voisins menacés par la chute de débris lourds. Des analyses sont par ailleurs menées vis-à-vis de la structure du bâtiment, grandement fragilisée par les flammes.

In the middle of the night, while most residents were sleeping, a devastating fire started at Grenfell Tower in London.

"The fire was small in the kitchen".

The fire began Wednesday morning just before 1am local time, and flames swept through the 24-storey building within just 15 minutes. I've never seen anything like it in my life...

Churches and a nearby mosque served as gathering points for donations for those who raced out of the burning building with little else than what they were wearing.

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

"We saw the people screaming", she said.

Telecoms giant TalkTalk, whose headquarters are close to the tower block blaze, said it had thrown open its offices to affected residents in need of refuge.

A local residents association had previously warned it was anxious about the risk of a serious fire in the block. He said he was going to come.

Firefighters said the blaze was unprecedented in its scale and the speed with which it engulfed Grenfell Tower in Kensington. He knocked the door and he said there was a fire in his flat. "This was just done to tart it up and match the nearby building".

"It is a truly terrifying thought but the Grenfell Action Group firmly believe that only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the KCTMO [ Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation ], and bring an end to the unsafe living conditions and neglect of health and safety legislation that they inflict upon their tenants and leaseholders".

Angus Law, from the Centre for Fire Safety Engineering at Edinburgh University, said the blaze seemingly had similarities with other recent fires worldwide.

London inferno: Theresa May Govt. under attack for neglecting 'warnings'