Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Firefighters battle massive blaze in London high-rise

Firefighters battle massive blaze in London high-rise

A 27-story tower was engulfed early Wednesday morning in London as local officials were concerned the entire structure would collapse.

Smoke continues to rise from the burning 24-storey residential Grenfell Tower block in west London.

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

Residents who escaped spoke of others trapped and screaming for help, with some holding children from windows and others jumping from upper floors. Some were evacuated in their pajamas.

The construction firm that recently refurbished the west London tower that was engulfed in a deadly blaze says its work "met all required building control, fire regulation, and health and safety standards".

KFRS has an agreement to support neighbouring fire services, and the London fire service has said that they are using a drone from Kent Fire and Rescue Service.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said many questions needed to be answered about safety for the scores of tower blocks around the British capital.

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Nigel went on: "200 firefighters were there tackling the blaze and many of whom actually going into the building".

The tower, built in 1974, contains 120 apartments, according to its management company, Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation. "A gentleman ran forward and managed to grab the baby".

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Residents are advised to make sure they know the fire safety procedures and evacuation plans for their specific building. Others said they had warned repeatedly about fire safety in the block.

Earlier she had said she has "never seen anything like it in my life".

Two women who live nearby watched the blaze break out described the horror of seeing people leap from the tower to save themselves.

He said: "If you deny local authorities the funding they need, then there is a price that's paid".

The Grenfell Action Group claimed the block constituted a fire risk, both before and after it underwent a £8.6m refurbishment a year ago.

"I was just screaming at people: "Get out, get out" and they were screaming back at me: "We can't, the corridors are full of smoke", he told BBC Radio.

A number of pets are believed to have died in the blaze as people left them behind while they fled.

While the borough is one of the most affluent in London, North Kensington is a particularly deprived district.

London Fire Brigade said the cause of the fire is still being investigated, but several residents reported one man had said it started in his faulty fridge.

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