Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Search for Thai family after London tower block inferno

It comes after the Queen released a statement saying her "thoughts and prayers" are with the families who have lost loved ones and the 'many people who are still critically ill in hospital'. Stuart Cundy of the Metropolitan Police Service said in an update Thursday.

According to the BBC, the cladding had a plastic core and was similar to that used on high-rise buildings in France, the United Arab Emirates, and Australia that have also been struck by rapidly spreading fires.

Survivors, many of whom lost all their belongings in the blaze, spent the night at emergency shelters, as charities and local support groups were flooded with donations of clothes and bedding from shocked Londoners.

The residents of the Grenfell Tower block have been failed and betrayed by the local council, the new Labour MP for Kensington, Emma Dent Coad, has said, expressing fury at the way Kensington and Chelsea treats its social housing tenants. After announcing the updated death toll of 12 in the afternoon, Cmdr. "We have been warning about the risks of a fire like this for years", said Hannah Mansell, who chairs the Passive Fire Protection Forum. Mansi spent more than three decades with the London Fire Brigade - nearly half of those years as a fire investigator.

Prime Minister Theresa May promised an investigation and visited the site on Thursday. He says most of the highrise fires he's seen stay contained to the apartment where they began.

"So by the time the fire brigade got there - and reports say they got there within six minutes, which is really fast - they wouldn't have had a fire to fight", Webb said. "And he is a professional fire officer", Cotton told Sky News. Some initially feared it was terrorism-related, although authorities have not suggested that terrorism was involved. "I've never seen nothing like it. It just reminded me of 9/11", said Muna Ali, 45.

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"She lived on the other side of the tower [from where the fire started]".

Why did fire spread so quickly? "It had completely spread within half an hour".

Some people reportedly jumped from the windows, and one witness, Samira Lamrani, said she saw a woman drop a baby from the ninth or 10th floor, for the child to be caught by a man below.

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

Firefighters work at the scene after a deadly blaze at a high rise apartment block in London, Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

He said, of Adele: "She was so nice. People were absolutely devastated by yesterday's events", Cotton said.

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Smoke was still wafting out of the blackened shell of the Grenfell Tower on Thursday where specialist search teams faced hazardous conditions as they scoured the wreck, with external cladding still falling from the building.

"There are times when all the words we can say are not adequate and sometimes words fail us because no words can do justice to how we feel, or what we have seen or what has happened". "A lot of people said, 'Help!" Help! Help!' The fire brigade could only help downstairs. "They couldn't stop the fire".

"We tried to go back, but it was all black, so I had to come out of the building", Wahbi added.

Lawyer Maria Cristina Sandrin said Thursday that the mother let her hear several recordings of phone calls that Gloria Trevisan, who lived on the 23rd floor of the Grenfell Tower with her Italian boyfriend, made to her home in Italy while the fire raged.

Residents of Grenfell Tower had been complaining about poor fire safety for years, citing no sprinkler system no common fire alarm.

"I'm lucky to be alive. It would be wrong for me to get into numbers that I do not believe are accurate". In a November 20 blog, the group predicted that only "a catastrophic event" leading to "serious loss of life" would bring the outside scrutiny needed to make conditions safe for residents.

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The cause of the fire is not known at this stage, the LFB said.

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