London tower fire: What do we know?

15 June 2017, 01:24 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Khan, the London mayor, said questions needed to be answered about the safety of tower blocks after some residents said they had been advised they should stay in their flats in the event of a fire.

Smoke rises from the Grenfell Tower in west London on Wednesday.

Some feared the charred tower block might collapse, but a structural engineer said the building was not in danger, the fire brigade said.

Residents who escaped spoke of others trapped and screaming for help, with some holding children from windows and others jumping from upper floors.

Twelve people died in the west London tower fire, and the number of deaths are expected to rise, police announced, as cited by BBC News.

The London Ambulance Service has confirmed that more than 50 people have been taken to hospitals over London.

Dany Cotton, London's Fire Commissioner who was present at the scene told reporters, "This is an unprecedented incident. This will of course be subject to a major investigation, but at this moment in time, we do not wish to speculate further about the cause of the fire, or the fire's spread".

Relevant to your professional network?

Apple dips after report that future iPhone modems could lag rivals
Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM ) is now the only company with a 1-gigabyte modem at the ready. However, Intel's modem won't actually be ready for the iPhone 8's launch.

Project CARS 2 releases on September 22nd, gets E3 2017 trailer
You'll find vehicles and tracks from Le Mans and GT racing, Global Rallycross Championship, Formula 1, and IndyCar. This seems to indicate a more free path for building up your career, starting from karts and working your way up.

Hawaii enacts law to align goals with Paris climate accord
Jerry Brown (D) is going to great lengths to oppose President Trump's plans to pull the USA out of the Paris climate accord. Trump's predecessor signaled a dour noted about the president's move to remove the USA from the non-binding agreement.

Grenfell Tower was built in 1974 and underwent a £10M refurbishment a year ago.

The Telegraph reported that as many as 600 people were inside the building when it caught on fire. "Somebody did, a gentleman ran forward and managed to grab the baby", Lamrani said.

Kensington and Chelsea Management Organisation came under scrutiny after it emerged a local action group had repeatedly warned about the potential for loss of life. "It's just billowing black smoke", Downey said. "In my 29 years of being a firefighter, I have never ever seen anything of this scale", she added.

Some tenants previously complained about the upkeep of the tower, specifically warning about the fire risk. Forty fire engines with 200 officers were called shortly before 1 am as flames engulfed the block from the second floor upwards "within seconds".

Those trapped in the tower - some of whom remain inside nearly 12 hours later - were heard begging for their lives, waving towels, torches and mobile phones in hopes of alerting the 200 firefighters on site of their whereabouts.

A firemen reacts after battling a huge fire at the Grenfell Tower, a 24-story apartment block in North Kensington, London, June 14, 2017. People who live nearby were evacuated, some carrying pets in their arms as they left.

Councillor Roger Ramsey said: "Havering Council passes on its sympathies to the families and loved ones affected by the tragic incident in north Kensington and our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved".



Other News

Trending Now

Apple limiting how many review pop-ups apps can show
A new post on Medium from Johnny Lin , however, highlights that not all of that $70 billion is necessarily legitimate... You just need to head into Settings iTunes & App Store In-App Ratings & Reviews and slide the switch off.

Life is unusual prequel Before the Storm announced
Square Enix has unveiled the prequel to Life is odd from Microsoft's E3 presser. Of course, we already knew this was coming-the game leaked earlier this month.

New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference
In its update on the next operating system to hit iPhones - iOS 11 - new tools will be given to developers to create AR apps. It, too, comes with a built-in speaker and voice controls through the smart assistant Google Assistant .

Did Gorsuch subtweet Trump on the role of the courts?
Still, she said he'd signed the revised ban "for the purposes of expediency" and wasn't considering a third version of the ban. Trump had originally issued a policy that banned travellers from seven countries and halted the admission of most refugees.

DUP agrees to principles of 'confidence and supply' deal with Tories
That means the DUP will back the government on key votes, but it's not a coalition government or a broader pact. She had brought the election forward by three years in the hope of winning a larger Commons majority.

Enhance connectivity without infringing sovereignty: Modi at SCO
Xi also congratulated India on becoming a member of the SCO and expressed hope that two would work together to strengthen the Eurasian grouping.

Apple CEO Tim Cook to address 2017 graduates at MIT
Cook spoke to the MIT graduates as a generation coming up to meet lofty expectations. "That responsibility is huge ". He also advised them: "Don't listen to trolls, and for God's sake don't become one".

Kabul truck-bomb toll rises to more than 150 killed - Afghan president
The corps commanders concluded that instead of blaming Pakistan, Afghanistan needs to look inward and identify the real issues. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Afghan government has accused the Taliban-allied Haqqani Network.

Verizon Plans to Cut About 2000 Jobs at Yahoo, AOL
Telecom giant Verizon will reportedly announce plans next week to cut as many as 2,100 jobs at their AOL and Yahoo subsidiaries. Now that it's approved, Yahoo expects to close the deal on Tuesday, a move that will bulk up Verizon's advertising efforts.

Crosby scores, Malkin shoots yet Penguins lose 4-1 to Preds
Nashville's Calle Jarnkrok was the first to get the puck past Matt Murray, scoring 5:09 into the first period . Pittsburgh's superstar has insisted he did not complain about Subban's breath in Game 3 as Subban said he did.