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London residents demand answers in deadly high-rise blaze

15 Juin 2017

Terrified residents of the Grenfell Tower said there was little warning of the inferno that engulfed their high-rise apartment building and left 12 people dead - a toll that officials said would nearly certainly rise. It appeared that the fire was extinguished early Wednesday but it was ablaze again by 11.15 a.m. Twenty victims were in critical care, officials said in the statement. "Somebody did, a gentleman ran forward and managed to grab the baby". Speaking near the scene of the fire, she told Sky News that the "the severity and the heat of the fire will mean it will be an absolute miracle for anyone to be left alive".

Policing and Fire minister Nick Hurd said emergency checks would be carried out on tower blocks undergoing similar renovations.

'My agency will monitor the investigation into the London fire to determine whether there is any relationship with the combustible cladding matter and whether any further action should be taken on this matter in NSW and at the commonwealth level, ' Planning and Housing Minister Anthony Roberts said. Some tried to manufacture makeshift parachutes from garbage bags and bedding and leap out of windows.

A specialist fire investigation team has identified what is believed to have been the flat where the fire began.

The 24-storey tower was a "disaster waiting to happen" experts said.

"If people leave and leave the doors open then it can spread from apartments down the hallway into the stairwells and that's their only means of getting out of the building, so they've just taken away their only access point or exit point", Turner said.

The London Fire Brigade said it received the first reports of the blaze at 12:54 a.m. and the first fire engines arrived within six minutes.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said many questions must be answered about safety for the scores of other apartment blocks around the British capital. Firefighters are going floor-by-floor searching for survivors inside of the 24-story apartment tower.

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Authorities say the death toll is expected to rise as emergency workers sift through more of the wreckage on Thursday.

Ms Cotton said some of her firefighters had been left "truly traumatised". The tragedy was compounded because police initially told the residents to stay put inside the complex.

There are several brands of ACM and one importer, PSP, said it imported three forms of a product called Alucobuild: one for signage, one for low-level commercial buildings, and a fire-resistant product for multi-storey buildings. "A lot of people said 'Help!" One resident said the fire alarm did not go off - bolstering the arguments of a community group, which only months ago had warned of a potential catastrophe at the subsidized housing block.

Dany Cotton, London's fire commissioner, said she had "genuinely" no idea about how many people were still missing. On Wednesday, she promised a "proper investigation" into the cause of the blaze.

Law said that British regulations are meant to halt the spread of fire between units and floors in high-rise buildings, but that when that fails, "the consequences are often catastrophic".

The tower block was also given a "medium fire" risk rating - defined as a normal fire risk - in 2016 by the London Fire Brigade and Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council following the refurbishment.

Residents suggested that new cladding, which had recently been installed as part of a refurbishment overseen by Sussex company Rydon, was to blame.