Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

London tower fire: Death toll rises to 17


Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the devastating fire in Grenfell Tower in west London, as the death toll continues to rise.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation, but a tenants' group had complained for years about the risk of a fire.

Firefighters worked through the night to dampen the fire. As the heavy black smoke from the fire cleared Thursday, the huge burned-out hulk of Grenfell loomed over London's working-class, multi-ethnic North Kensington neighbourhood.

"Due to the severity of the fire and the way things are, it will take a long time for us to be able to do that search to properly identity anyone who is left in the building. tragically now we are not expecting to find anyone else alive". After announcing the updated death toll of 12 in the afternoon, Cmdr. Stuart Cundy said that "we believe this number will sadly increase".

The building had the capacity to accommodate up to 600 people.

Prime Minister Theresa May with emergency workers at the site. He did not discuss them specifically, saying, "There are always concerns about fire safety in high-rise buildings".

The management company responsible for Grenfell Tower had been slapped with enforcement notices from the fire brigade following a blaze at a neighbouring high rise block, accounts show.

London's fire commissioner says that firefighters have been traumatized by the devastation they witnessed during a high-rise apartment blaze that killed at least 12 people.

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"The scene that I was confronted with was an unparalleled scene to anything I had seen before. It just reminded me of 9/11", said Muna Ali, 45.

Meanwhile, work is continuing to tackle "pockets of fire" in the block, with several residents reporting one man had said it started in his faulty fridge.

Some experts have suggested that the waterproof material may have accelerated the fire's quick ascent up the block.

He spent half an hour at the church talking to displaced families and volunteers. "My heart goes out to all the people at Grenfell tower".

"People were starting to appear at the windows, frantically banging and screaming", Lamrani told Britain's Press Association news agency.

Joe Walsh, 58, said he saw someone toss two children out a window on the fifth or sixth floor.

"At one point she'd tried to leave again and it was impossible".

May made her announcement after she toured the devastation.

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"I spoke to one of my officers, who was very near when someone came out the window, and he was in tears".

Law said that British regulations are meant to halt the spread of fire between units and floors in high-rise buildings, but that when that fails, "the consequences are often catastrophic". We need to know what happened; we need to have an explanation of this, we owe that to the families. Help! Help!' The fire brigade could only help downstairs. Some residents said no alarm had sounded.

"Goodbye, I'm not going to make it".

The paper said the couple lived on the 23rd floor. The local council says families with young children, elderly residents and the vulnerable were given "immediate priority".

"All our warnings fell on deaf ears and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable", the group said after the fire broke out. Authorities have said many more victims are expected.

Rydon, the British company that did the refurbishing, said in a statement that its work "met all required building control, fire regulation and health and safety standards". It was not immediately known if the building had a sprinkler system. "People deserve answers. The inquiry will give them". Others said they had warned repeatedly about fire safety in the block.

Neighbors began helping survivors with clothing, food and water as well as offering shelter.

Gurdwaras, mosques and churches opened their doors to the people rendered homeless, which included hundreds from nearby housing blocks that were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

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