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London fire death toll at 17; 'miracle' if any more survivors

Parmenio Sano | 16 Giugno, 2017, 03:09

British Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the inferno that swept through the public housing block within an hour Wednesday morning. "We like to think of ourselves as "roughty, toughty" and heroes - they are heroes - but they have feelings, and people were absolutely devastated".

Harrowing accounts emerged of people trapped inside as the blaze destroyed everything around them, shouting for help and trying to escape through windows using makeshift ropes made from bedsheets.

The building had recently undergone an 8.7 million pound (S$15.3 million) exterior refurbishment, which included new external cladding and windows. Oh my goodness, it spread so quickly.

He said that he and a parliamentary group that he chairs have been pushing for better safety regulations since the 2009 fire. "I can confirm six fatalities at this time but this figure is likely to rise", said police commander Stuart Cundy, describing the fire as "truly shocking".

The Prime Minister added: "When I went to the scene and spoke to the emergency services, they told me that the way this fire had spread and took hold of the building was rapid, it was ferocious, it was unexpected".

The initial response to the Grenfell fire was heartening, and locals were overwhelmed by the generosity shown to them.

The fire was finally put out this morning and now, images have started to emerge showing the dark black mess left behind in a building that was once the home of plush London apartments.

Some of these councils, including Wandsworth and Sutton, have said they will seek to implement any recommendations from the London Fire Brigade as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire.


The tragedy has prompted a review of conditions and safety precautions at other large buildings in England, Miller reports.

"We will cooperate with the relevant authorities and emergency services and fully support their enquiries into the causes of this fire at the appropriate time", it said.

The National Fire Chiefs Council clarified that it was too early to say whether the type of cladding or its construction had contributed to the fire.

"It doesn't matter what color skin we have, doesn't matter where we're from. everyone is here to make sure the people who are affected, and who need help the most, have got that help".

Elsewhere, including in Scotland, officials said they were looking to find high-rise blocks that used the same cladding as in Grenfell Tower. He did not discuss them specifically, saying, "There are always concerns about fire safety in high-rise buildings".

External Wall Insulation (EWI) has been installed in eight tower blocks, and work is now taking place to install it in three more tower blocks.

"The best thing about today has been seeing how generous people are", charity worker Zain Miah told CNN.

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