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Six dead following inferno at London apartment tower



Six people have been confirmed dead in a devastating inferno that ripped through a 24-storey London tower block with the death toll expected to rise.



London mayor Sadiq Khan paid tribute to emergency services at the scene for “running towards danger while other people were running away.”


At least 74 people were treated in hospital for injuries including smoke inhalation and the mayor said “the figures are going to go up”. Twenty people are thought to be in a critical condition.


Witnesses outside the block told of horrifying scenes with residents trapped inside while screaming for help and throwing their children to safety.


Neighbour Mohammad Jamal, 27, said he yelled at those inside to leave the blazing building with many opting to stay and shelter as they were reportedly instructed.


“First we saw a lot of people at their windows screaming, a lot waving, using phones. Others who we yelled at to leave told us: ‘We’ve been told to stay’.”


“They couldn’t see it spreading,” he said about the blaze that those outside could see had engulfed one side of the building.


“People were still sleeping. We were trying to throw stones to get people’s attention. Everyone was helpless.”


As many as 600 people may have been in the building when the fire broke out in the early hours of Wednesday morning. A “significant” number are still unaccounted for, with worried families and friends flooding makeshift evacuation centres in the neighbourhood.


Ahmed Chellah said he was looking for news of his brother-in-law and his wife who were inside with their three children.


“The last time I spoke with them was at 1:45am. She seemed calm,” he said about his relative.


“Her husband was talking with emergency services. She told me they asked her to put towels around the doors. She sounded calm.”


However he said he spoke to her again at 2:15am and she said “smoke was coming into the flat”.


“Whether the emergency services got to them and have taken them to hospital. I don’t know.”


The fire is still being brought under control.


“Our thoughts are with everyone involved in this truly shocking fire at Grenfell Tower,” Commander Stuart Cundy, of the Metropolitan Police, said.


“I can confirm six fatalities at this time but this figure is likely to rise during what will be a complex recovery operation over a number of days. Many others are receiving medical care.”


London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said the blaze was “completely unprecedented.


“We have concerns that there may be more people within the premises,” she said.


Police have not put a figure on the number of people missing, but anxious relatives and friends have started to post desperate messages on social media looking for their loved ones.


Harrowing accounts of trapped people screaming for help — with some jumping to the ground in desperation — have begun to emerge.


Many of those who escaped the inferno were evacuated to nearby churches and community centres. Others arrived there on Wednesday morning to look for friends and family.


Teenagers from a nearby school came down to look for their missing friends. Among the missing, they say, are Georgina Smith, 12, her sister Kristina, 7, and Jessica Urbano, 12. A friend of the three, Asia Phillips, told news.com.au: “We’ve phoned, texted, snapchatted, and ran out of credit. We’ve been calling but it just goes to voicemail.”


The Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman released a statement saying she was “deeply saddened” by the incident.


“The Prime Minister’s thoughts are with all of those affected by this terrible incident and the emergency services, who are working tirelessly in very difficult circumstances.”


Authorities are working to determine the cause of the deadly blaze, however eyewitness reports suggest it may have begun with a “fridge explosion” on the lower levels of the building.


Witnesses told news.com.au official advice had been to stay inside and cover themselves in a wet blanket. They were also reportedly being asked to shine torches or their mobile phones to help guide rescuers.


The fire safety advice to Grenfell Tower residents was to stay in their flats unless told otherwise.


The advice said: “The new front doors for each flat can withstand a fire for up to 30 minutes, which gives plenty of time for the fire brigade to arrive.”



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The new front doors for each flat can withstand a fire for up to 30 minutes, which gives plenty of time for the fire brigade to arrive.


I doubt 30 minuets is plenty of time to clear the whole building too.

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Further to the news:


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, and bring an end to the dangerous living conditions and neglect of health and safety legislation that they inflict upon their tenants and leaseholders. We believe that the KCTMO are an evil, unprincipled, mini-mafia who have no business to be charged with the responsibility of  looking after the every day management of large scale social housing estates and that their sordid collusion with the RBKC Council is a recipe for a future major disaster.



Unfortunately, the Grenfell Action Group have reached the conclusion that only an incident that results in serious loss of life of KCTMO residents will allow the external scrutiny to occur that will shine a light on the practices that characterise the malign governance of this non-functioning organisation. We believe that the KCTMO have ensured their ongoing survival by the use of proxy votes at their Annual General Meeting that see them returned with a mandate of 98% in favour of the continuation of their inept and highly dangerous management of our homes. It is no coincidence that the 98% is the same figure that is returned by the infamous Kim Jong-un of North Korea who claims mass popularity while reputedly enslaving the general population and starving the majority of his people to death.


It is our conviction that a serious fire in a tower block or similar high density residential property is the most likely reason that those who wield power at the KCTMO will be found out and brought to justice! The Grenfell Action Group believe that the KCTMO narrowly averted a major fire disaster at Grenfell Tower in 2013 when residents experienced a period of terrifying power surges that were subsequently found to have been caused by faulty wiring. We believe that our attempts to highlight the seriousness of this event were covered up by the KCTMO with the help of the RBKC Scrutiny Committee who refused to investigate the legitimate concerns of tenants and leaseholders.


We have blogged many times on the subject of fire safety at Grenfell Tower and we believe that these investigations will become part of damning evidence of the poor safety record of the KCTMO should a fire affect any other of their properties and cause the loss of life that we are predicting:







In October 2015 a fire ripped through another KCTMO property, the 14 storey Adair Tower in North Kensington, causing mass panic and resulting in a number of residents taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. It is reported that had it not been for the swift actions of the London Fire Brigade the consequences of this fire and potential loss of life could have been much worse.


In the aftermath of the Adair Tower fire the London Fire Brigade found that the KCTMO had not been looking after the safety of residents properly and issued an Enforcement Order compelling them to improve the fire safety in the escape staircases and to provide self closing devices to all the tower block’s front doors. A further audit by the London Fire Brigade of the neighbouring Hazelwood Tower (located alongside Adair Tower) found similar breaches of health and safety legislation and an Enforcement Order was also issued for this property forcing the TMO to address the serious concerns of the Fire Brigade’s inspectors. What is shocking is that a decade ago a fatality occurred due to a fire at Hazelwood Tower and the Fire Investigation Team ordered that the grills on the fire escape staircase be covered over. This never happened and it is believed that the uncovered grills at Adair House (Hazelwood Tower’s twin block) acted like a chimney and were responsible for the accelerated spread of the fire and smoke damage.


In the last twenty years and despite the terrifying power surge incident in 2013 and recent fire at Adair Tower, the residents of Grenfell Tower have received no proper fire safety instructions from the KCTMO. Residents were informed by a temporary notice stuck in the lift and one announcement in a recent regeneration newsletter that they should remain in their flats in the event of fire. There are not and never have been any instructions posted in the Grenfell Tower noticeboard or on individual floor as to how residents should act in event of a fire. Anyone who witnessed the recent tower block fire at Shepherds Court, in nearby Shepherd’s Bush, will know that the advice to remain in our properties would have led to certain fatalities and we are calling on our landlord to re-consider the advice that they have so badly circulated.


**The Grenfell Action Group predict that it won’t be long before the words of this blog come back to haunt the KCTMO management and we will do everything in our power to ensure that those in authority know how long and how appallingly our landlord has ignored their responsibility to ensure the heath and safety of their tenants and leaseholders. They can’t say that they haven’t been warned!**



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