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London fire: Flames engulf tower block

Submitted by: Edofnor @ 01:49 AM | Wednesday, June 14, 2017 | (url: http://www.bbc.co...)


Thirty people are in hospital and there are fears that more may be unaccounted for after a huge fire raged through the night at a west London tower block.


The BBC's Andy Moore said the whole 24-storey block had been alight and there were fears the building might collapse.

Eyewitnesses said they saw lights - thought to be mobile phones or torches - flashing at the top of the block of flats, and trapped residents coming to their windows.

The Met Police has set up an emergency number on 0800 0961 233 for anyone concerned about friends or family.

At 06:15 BST, London Ambulance Service said 20 ambulance crews had been at the scene, 30 people had been taken to hospital, but the nature and level of their injuries was not yet clear.

Three hours after the fire started, police said people were continuing to be evacuated from the tower.


London Ambulance Service medics specially trained in life-saving medical care in hazardous environments have also been sent to the fire.

The first reports of fire in the tower, in Latimer Road, on the Lancaster West Estate, came in at 00:54 BST.


According to Kensington and Chelsea Council, the tower block contains 120 flats and is 24 storeys high.

It is managed by the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) on behalf of the council and had undergone a two-year, 10m refurbishment that was completed last year.

The work included new exterior cladding and a communal heating system.

The local Grenfell Action Group had claimed, before and during the refurbishment, the block constituted a fire risk and residents had warned that access to the site for emergency vehicles was "severely restricted".

The BBC has been unable to contact the property's management company...

06-14-17 - 01:52 AM
muslims are stepping up their game, didn't even crash a plane into that building.
06-14-17 - 01:55 AM
Aaaand it's terrorism.
06-14-17 - 02:33 AM
i figure its way easier for them to do this sorta shit than asplode at concerts... security is minimal, can kill more people. but i guess its not as "romantic" in the eyes of allah :shrug:
06-14-17 - 02:55 AM
06-14-17 - 03:23 AM
what's best place for live stream?

also, in before "fire does not melt steel beams".
06-14-17 - 03:33 AM
Originally posted by Denver  
what's best place for live stream?

also, in before "fire does not melt steel beams".

jet fuel can't melt steel beams
06-14-17 - 04:06 AM
It's those damn Christians again!

1095 AD catholic crusades obviously in need of lengthy in-depth discussion.
06-14-17 - 04:12 AM
I don't think this one will be terrorism. I'm going with:

3rd world country family
In the lounge
With the cooking device.

06-14-17 - 04:14 AM
exploding fridges really do set up 20+ stories buildings on fire :D
Apparently this building also has no steel beams, which for structural integrity seems to be more solid option :)
06-14-17 - 04:31 AM
06-14-17 - 04:34 AM
London fire: Huge blaze engulfs Grenfell Tower | Daily Mail Online

'A number of fatalities' confirmed as huge blaze 'sparked by faulty FRIDGE' engulfs 27-storey London tower block: Trapped residents build ropes from sheets and hurl themselves from windows

this is why you should always unplug your fridge before going to bed at night.
06-14-17 - 04:39 AM
Latest updates: London tower block fire - BBC News

An exploding fridge, and the cladding which was added to the facade of Grenfell Tower during a refurbishment a year ago, have both being cited by a number of residents as possible causes of the fire.

However, the London Fire Brigade has stressed it does not know the cause of the fire at this stage.
06-14-17 - 06:35 AM
I'm guessing frig/freezer on a small gauge extension cord
06-14-17 - 07:47 AM
Originally posted by Denver  
what's best place for live stream?

also, in before "fire does not melt steel beams".

06-14-17 - 08:31 AM
apparently some babby was dropped from the 10th floor and a regular bloke caught it before it whammed into the sidewalk
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