At least six people have died after a huge fire raged through the night at a west London tower block, and police expect that number to rise. Eyewitnesses described people trapped in the burning Grenfell Tower, in north Kensington, screaming for help and yelling for their children to be saved.
Firefighters rescued many people and are still trying to put the fire out in the 24-storey block 12 hours on. Police say there may still be people in the building who are unaccounted for.
During the night, eyewitnesses said they saw lights – thought to be mobile phones or torches – flashing at the top of the block of flats, and trapped residents coming to their windows – some holding children.
A blog post has been unearthed from the Grenfell Action group, who actively campaigned against the lack of fire safety in the block. The final paragraph of the post reads as follows:
“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!”
This post was written 7 months ago. The full text can be read here.
A letter sent to members of the resident’s group before the blaze has also been made public:
Sadiq Khan has arrived on the scene after making this statement earlier today:
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) June 14, 2017
Rydon, the company that carried out the work on the building last year have released a statement.
“We are shocked to hear of the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower and our immediate thoughts are with those that have been affected by the incident, their families, relatives and friends.
Tottenham MP David Lammy tweeted for help in tracing his “dear friend” Saye:
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) June 14, 2017
Images are being shared on social media to encourage others to help the now homeless people who are stranded after the blaze. Noel Clarke was one of those who shared the image:
— Noel Clarke (@NoelClarke) June 14, 2017
The Met Police has set up an emergency number 0800 0961 233 for those to call with any concerns about friends or family.