Horrendous tragedy in London in the early morning, after Ramadan prayers. The fire was so intense children were thrown out of the windows by their parents to try and avoid them from burning alive.
If they had any terrorism wisdom in London they would investigate arson. And they would start by investigating the survivors. The Isha and Taraweeh prayers started at 23.10pm London time. The fires started within a few hours after.
London’s Muslim Mayor (voted in through massive mosque campaigns) Sadiq Khan was suddenly quick to call the incident an emergency, while after Muslim terror attacks he takes his sweet time to say anything.
Ramadan is a notorious season for arson, bomb attacks, knifings, and other brutal attempts to appease Allah during the holy month, when jihad is more effective for reaching Jannah than any other time of the year. First they burn down buildings, then they demand compensation to exploit the situation…
The building had a large Muslim population, especially from Somalia – a ferocious community responsible for many arson attacks in Europe. Muslims are always battling and targeting each other, apart from targeting the infidel. Although the building had undergone a £10bn renovation only a year ago, it appears something went magically “wrong” with the fire alarm and sprinkler system and no one got warned. The fire was unusually aggressive and spread quicker than even the fire department had estimated and they had “never seen anything like it”. Of course, when it’s not a natural fire it will behave unexpected…
‘Number of fatalities’ confirmed as huge inferno engulfs 27-storey London tower block home to 600 residents as desperate families remain trapped inside
- The blaze engulfed the 27-storey Grenfell Tower on Latimer Road in White City on Wednesday morning
- Horrifying pictures emerged on social media showing massive flames licking up the side of the block
- Desperate residents trapped high in the enormous residential tower were heard ‘screaming’ for help
- Police are evacuating panicked residents and two people are already being treated for smoke inhalation
Several people have been confirmed dead after a huge inferno broke out at a residential tower block in West London.
Eyewitnesses revealed how families ‘begged for their lives’ as they tried to escape the blaze, while people are still trapped inside the 27-storey building as it teeters on the brink of collapse.
More than 600 residents desperately tried to escape the flames as the fire broke out in the middle of the night, with many woken by the screams of others and the smell of burning plastic.
Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road, White City, is currently ‘lurching’ to one side after a ‘very, very severe fire’ broke out in the early hours of Wednesday morning, with those inside claiming a fire alarm failed to sound.
As residents flooded the streets outside the building, many spoke of members of their family or close neighbours being unaccounted for, as they were forced to watch on as their home and all their belongings went up in flames.
One neighbour said he believed someone had jumped from about 10 to 15 floors to escape the fire, while there were screams of joy and a relief as a five-year-old girl was pulled from the flames by emergency services.
Dany Cotton, Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, said there had been ‘a number of fatalities’ following a ‘unprecedented incident’ that she described as the largest in scale that she had seen in her 29-year career.
London Ambulance Service said 30 people have been rushed to five hospitals around the capital, while at least one resident is still stuck inside the block on the 11th floor, with firefighters desperately trying to reach him.
Panicked residents trapped high in the enormous tower were heard screaming for help as they leaned out of their windows and tied bed sheets together in an attempt to reach the ground.
Many of those evacuated said they were woken by screams, intense heat and the smell of burning plastic, thought to be white cladding that was installed on the building last year as part of a £10million refurbishment.
One woman said that residents faced ‘either jumping out the window with their children and risk breaking bones or staying where you were and dying’.
The fire is said to have spread from the second floor to the roof of the enormous 120-flat block in just 15 minutes, with 200 firefighters struggling to bring it under control.
The heat was said to be so intense that firefighters were unable to get close to the building, which was built in 1974.
Among those being evacuated was what a man described as a ‘heavily disabled woman’, who was being carried down the stairs by firefighters.
Mouna Elogbani, who lives on the 11th floor with her husband and three children, aged 13, 10 and two, said she got a phone call from a neighbour warning her that the block was alight.
She said: ‘I was in my home going to bed, It was around 1.30am and my children were asleep.
‘My friend called on the phone and told me that the building was on fire, it was coming towards our floor and we needed to get out.
‘I woke up my children and we carried them out of the flat – but when we opened the door to escape the flames burst into the house and we had to shut it again. We got out through a fire escape and down the stairs.
‘I know that there are people trapped on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd floors and one of my neighbours has passed away’.
The 27-storey block, believed to contain around 120 flats, underwent a £10million refurbishment last year.
Mrs Elogbani said: ‘It was not safe anymore. They took away the security – it was no longer 100 per cent safe.
When asked about worries about how it would cope in a major fire she said: ‘I wouldn’t be surprised’.
She said: ‘We’ve lost everything. I am feeling sick, shocked and angry’.
A woman resident said: ‘Some residents did escape. I heard some people shouting help from their windows from 20 floors. I saw them flashing their lights… and then they stopped.
‘I don’t know what happened – or if they are safe. It was really horrible.’
Schoolboy Omar Kalam, 11, was standing anxiously at the emergency service cordon with father Walid, 44.
‘My brother has friends and they live in there,” he said. “I’m not sure if they are all right yet.’
Parents from nearby Kensington Aldridge Academy, where Omar attends, had been told the school was closed, his father said.
Nassima Boutrig, who lives opposite the building, said she was awakened by sirens and smoke so thick that it filled her home as well.
‘We saw the people screaming,’ she said. ‘A lot of people said “Help, help, help”. The fire brigade could only help downstairs. It was fire up, up, up. They couldn’t stop the fire.’
Boutrig said her friend’s brother, wife and children lived in the building and that her friend was waiting to find out if they were OK.
Flatowners in their pyjamas have been evacuated as police are pushing people away from the area for fear the block will collapse due to ‘chunks’ of debris flying off from the tower.
The cordon around the block has been pushed back by police and homes surrounding it evacuated amid fears that the building could collapse in the densely populated area of London.
Police, 40 fire engines and helicopters rushed to the scene as horrifying pictures emerged on social media showing giant flames licking up the side of the block.
Fire crews from North Kensington, Kensington, Hammersmith and Paddington and from surrounding fire stations are in attendance. The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.
Tim Downie, who lives a few hundred feet from the building, told Sky News: ‘The acrid smell is just horrendous. The building has pretty much burnt out, there are just a few bits that are still not burning.
‘Every single window is gutted. There is debris falling off it. The heat was extraordinary. The fire has wrapped itself around the block. People on the street said it started on the fourth floor and spread all the way up and around.
The London Fire Brigade said: ‘Crews continue to work hard at tower block fire in North Kensington. Fire is from 2nd to top floor of 27 storey building.’
Firemen were inside trying to get people out of the building, which was built in 1974 and part of the Lancaster West Estate.
Residents have been asked to shine torches and phones out of their windows so the fire brigade knew there was someone who needed rescuing.
By 3am, at least one torch was still shining from the block, which was ablaze on two sides as hundreds of concerned neighbours gathered near the building to watch and try to contact those inside.
Jody Martin said he got to the scene just as the first fire engine was arriving. He told the BBC: ‘I grabbed an axe from the fire truck, it looked like there was a bit of confusion about what to do.
‘I ran around the building looking for a fire escape and couldn’t see any noticeable fire escapes around the building. A lot of debris falling down.
‘I eventually gained entry on to the second floor, and once I got to the corridor I realised there was so much smoke there.’
He added that given the thickness of the smoke, he would be surprised if anyone could have left the building without assistance.
‘I watched one person falling out, I watched another woman holding her baby out the window… hearing screams, I was yelling everyone to get down and they were saying ‘We can’t leave our apartments, the smoke is too bad on the corridors’,’ he said.
Local councillor Nick Paget-Brown described the blaze as a ‘very, very severe fire’. He told Sky News: ‘Clearly it’s an absolutely devastating fire.
‘Several hundred would have been in there. It’s a question of establishing how many people were in there at the time of the fire.
Fire crews from North Kensington, Kensington, Hammersmith and Paddington and from surrounding fire stations are in attendance. The cause of the fire is not known at this stage, the London Fire Brigade said in a statement.
‘I’m really not in any position to answer any questions about the structure.
‘Clearly there’s a lot more work to do to evacuate the building and to establish how safe it is.’
Fire crews from north Kensington, Kensington, Hammersmith and Paddington and surrounding stations were at the scene with the fire burning from the second to the top floor.
The cause of the fire was not known at this stage, London Fire Brigade said.
Fabio Bebber wrote on Twitter: ‘More screams for help as the fire spreads to another side of the building.
‘We can see how quick the fire spreads via the external panels. It’s unbearable hearing someone screaming for their lives at #grenfelltower.’
One neighbour, Derry Glover, told MailOnline he first heard sirens at around 1am. He added that he believed someone had jumped from the building.
The London Fire Brigade received multiple calls to the fire which spread from the second floor to the top floor of the 27 floor building.
Assistant Commissioner Dan Daly said: ‘Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are working extremely hard in very difficult conditions to tackle this fire. This is a large and very serious incident and we have deployed numerous resources and specialist appliances.’
‘The Brigade was called to the fire at 12.54am and is still at the scene. Fire crews from North Kensington, Kensington, Hammersmith and Paddington and from surrounding fire stations are in attendance. The cause of the fire is not known at this stage,’ the brigade said in a statement.
A group of people trying to help out police were forced back because they were walking towards the burning building. A witness told BBC Radio: ‘There are parents and kids in pajamas waiting outside.’
Hundreds of firefighters are working to try to fight the blaze, but are still struggling to get it under control
Residents still in the building had been told by firefighters to line the bottom of their doors to stop smoke getting in. Meanwhile, police conducted a roll call of flats to work out who might still be trapped inside.
George Clarke, the presenter of Amazing Spaces, told Radio 5 Live: ‘I was in bed and heard ‘beep, beep, beep’ and thought, ‘I’ll get up and run downstairs as quickly as I could’.
‘I thought it might be a car alarm outside and saw the glow through the windows. I’m getting covered in ash, that’s how bad it is. I’m 100 metres away and I’m absolutely covered in ash. It’s so heartbreaking, I’ve seen someone flashing their torches at the top level and they obviously can’t get out.
‘The guys are doing an incredible job to try and get people out that building, but it’s truly awful.’
Clarita Ghavimi, 66, who lives on seventh floor, said she was told to leave the building amid fears it might collapse.
‘At 12.30am I heard a loud alarm and I woke up,’ she told MailOnline.
‘Then I heard a voice on the speaker saying ‘You need to get out, the building’s going to collapse.’ I went to the door and my flat started smoking so I grabbed a towel and made it damp to stop the smoke.’
She added: ‘When I opened my door two men carried me down the stairs. I am concerned that my son doesn’t think that I’m safe. I’ve tried to get in contact with him but I can’t remember his number. I feel like I have some smoke inhalation.’
Ms Ghavimi explained that she only has her bus pass on her. ‘My passport, everything is in there.’
Shocked bystanders filmed the blaze from the ground, and shouted at trapped people waving from their windows to ‘cover their mouths’.
‘Cover your mouth with a wet towel,’ they yelled. ‘Don’t panic. It started on the fourth floor or something. There are people in their windows, putting their heads out.’
An eye witness said: ‘There are about 15 fire engines but are struggling to get in and out because there is just one narrow road in and one narrow road out.’
Another added: ‘Sirens flying up and down the road and police helicopter hovering for nearly 2 hours has been the noise tonight. Terrible.’
Tim Donwie wrote: ‘Raging fire near Latimer Road. Whole block of 24 floors up in flames. People still trapped inside. Horrendous.’
One resident wrote on Twitter: ‘I’m stuck in this block!!! Can’t leave my house because I’ll die from the smoke.’
Celeste Thomas added: ‘Police have moved everyone back out of direct sight but can hear cracking and debris falling.
‘Police have been asking everyone to go inside. Fire spread and not yet showing signs of coming under control.’
A third added: ’24 storeys burning in West London area. All floors and columns burning.’
Met Police said in a statement: ‘Police were called at 1.16am on Wednesday, 14 June to reports of a large fire at a block of flats in the Lancaster West Estate, W11.
‘Officers, the London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service are currently at the scene. An evacuation process is underway.
‘At this stage we are aware of two people being treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. We await an update as to whether there are any further injuries.
‘The Local Authority has been informed. Cordons are in place and it is advised that the estate and surrounding area is avoided.’