June 28, 2017

Tower block blaze: What we know

14 June 2017, 05:49 | Grady King

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London fire Blaze engulfs apartment block in West London

On its website, Rydon Construction said: "Externally, rain screen cladding, curtain wall facade and replacement windows were fitted, improving thermal insulation and modernising the exterior of the building".

She said: "The windows were slightly ajar, a woman was gesturing that she was about to throw her baby and if somebody could catch her baby". "A gentleman ran forward and managed to grab the baby".

The sounds of sirens and helicopters is non-stop as locals and residents, evacuated from the building, begin to gather outside to watch the blaze. At least one person was reported to have fallen into the flames.

Police said in a statement they were called at 1:16am (0016 GMT) "to reports of a large fire at a block of flats in the Lancaster West Estate".

David Benjamin told the BBC he was asleep when he heard banging.

"At this stage we are aware of two people being treated at the scene for smoke inhalation".

As soon as he opened it and smoke started pouring in, he "slammed the door shut - didn't even lock it, I just slammed it shut - because I didn't want the kids to suffocate". It was like pyrotechnics.

"He was just as surprised at how quickly the fire spread as anybody else". "I'm anxious if a fire happens, who is going to help?"

There were fears that the building, which houses more than 100 apartments, might collapse. "We came outside and were confronted with the building that was completely engulfed in flames", she said.

"All our warnings fell on deaf ears and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable and just a matter of time", the group said after the fire broke out. I think he's OK. And to stand helpless watching the fire and counting the floors, and thinking, 'Who lives on that floor?

The earliest post, from 2013, details a fire risk Assessment of Grenfell Tower in which concerns are raised about maintenance checks not being carried out. "It was horrendous", she said.

Edward Daffarn said he was on the 16th floor and heard a neighbour's smoke alarm go off and another neighbour called and told him to get out.

A long-time neighbour to the block, who saw the destruction unfold, said she at first feared terrorists were responsible.

Residents rushed to escape through smoke-filled corridors in the housing block after being woken up by the smell of burning.

Tia Abrahams, who lives close to the scene, got there before the fire service. "You can't get away from a fire on the 18th floor, but God's grace, they got away".

He got up to have a cigarette and discovered the fire by hearing a woman shout through an open window.

"Then on the ground there was a fireman, he touched my leg and pulled me into where the fire stairwell was. And now half of the building is gone", he told Ruptly.

Some have sustained "minor injuries", but a firefighter presence will be maintained at the tower block for another 24 hours.

"I'm lucky to be alive - and lots of people have not got out of the building", he told Guardian. I looked out my window, I leaned over and I could see the fire blazing up. "I'm anxious about my building now", she said. The block's residents association meanwhile reportedly had previously warned it was anxious about the risk of a serious fire. "This was just done to tart it up and match the nearby building".

Mickey Paramasivan, who was in his seventh floor flat with his partner and child, said: "If we'd listened to them and stayed in the flat we'd have perished".

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