LONDON: At least six people have been confirmed killed in a huge fire that ripped through a west London tower block, but police expect the death toll to rise.
Up to 600 people are believed to have been inside Grenfell Tower’s 120 flats when the blaze tore through the 24-storey building in the early hours.
Twenty people are in critical care after 74 injured people were taken to hospital. But many are still missing after residents were left trapped on upper floors as flames rapidly ripped up the block after initially being told to stay in their homes.
Residents who escaped spoke of others trapped and screaming for help, with some throwing children from windows and others jumping from upper floors. Some were reported to have attempted to use bin bags as makeshift parachutes.
Pictures showed flames engulfing the block and a plume of smoke visible across the capital, while others showed desperate residents looking out of windows in the block.
STRANGERS have rallied to support survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire by offering food, clothing and somewhere to rest after they escaped the burning building. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has offered free meals at his restaurant close by in Westfield, while others collect cash to donate to desperate residents.
Wellwishers donate money to help survivors of the blaze which rocked a west London tower block.
Rresidents help out at the Maxilla Social Club where food and clothes donations are being sorted.
Help is at hand as the public pitch in to help tired and weak residents who escaped the fire.
SOURCE: Editorial Board