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London’s Metropolitan Police have confirmed six deaths following a huge blaze that’s engulfed a residential apartment block in West London.
The number is expected to rise and the recovery operation is expected to be complicated and lengthy.
* Police have confirmed six fatalities following the fire, with the figure expected to rise
* Residents had raised concerns about building’s safety
* 74 people have been treated at hospital, 20 are in critical condition
* Recovery operation ‘very complex and potentially lengthy’
* Blaze largely contained but building still smouldering; people still in building
* Witnesses saw people jump from tower
* Fire chiefs say “too early to speculate” the cause of the blaze
Fire Action sign
This fire action sign is displayed inside an apartment block near Grenfell Tower that is run by the same management company, Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Operation.
It advises residents to leave at once if there is a fire in their flat or block. But “if you are safely within your flat and there is a fire elsewhere in the block… you should initially be safe to stay in your flat keeping your doors and windows closed.”
“On arrival the Fire Brigade will make an assessment and will assist with evacuation if required.”
Inundated with donations
The Latymer Community Church which is based 50 meters away from the Grenfell Tower opened up a station for residents in need providing, food, water, toiletries and clothing.
Since they opened up the station at 2am British time they have been inundated with donations from the local community.
Speaking to CNN, Steve Burgess a volunteer with Laytmer Community Church said: “We’re here to help the community and we just wanted to show love to the community.”
He added, “this community is resilient” and “will bounce back.”
‘Justice has to be done’
A bouquet of flowers has been placed among the ashes near the site of the apartment building fire in west London.
The card reads: “Love and prayers to the victims and families. Justice has to be done – people before money. RIP.”