Published: Wednesday 14 June, 2017

London ‘Towering Inferno’ May Have Trapped Dozens in Pre-Dawn Fire

Dozens may have been trapped and killed in a London tower block fire. A 24-floor apartment block continues to burn more than six hours after fire broke out and there are now fears the building may collapse any time.

London building fire

The pre-dawn fire engulfing a whole residential tower in London. (Greg Brennan photo)

 

The London ‘towering inferno’ fire broke out just before 1:00 AM local time when most residents of the 27-storey Grenfell Tower were in bed and asleep. Starting from a second-floor apartment, the fire quickly spread upwards and was an ‘inferno’ an hour later.

Many residents were seen screaming for help from the upper floors as the fire spread. Some were seen waving and screaming from the windows of the upper floors. One resident said she saw someone jump from the building to escape the fire.

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Those who were able to escape said they were woken up by screams and extreme heat, as well as smoke an the smell of burning plastic. Witnesses said the fire quickly spread to the higher floors due to the plastic cladding on the building which were installed last year when it was refurbished. The burning plastic cladding quickly spread the fire to the apartments above.

More than 200 firefighters, 40 fire trucks and 20 ambulances responded to the emergency. However, the fire could not be stopped.

At daybreak, fire can still be seen burning inside the building while its exterior has been scorched black. There are now fears the entire residential block could collapse due the damage the intense heat has wrought on the structure.

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Source(s) :

Mail Online, Reuters



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