A deadly night-time fire raced through a 24-story apartment tower in London early Wednesday, killing at least six people and injuring dozens more. Children banged on closed windows as they were enveloped by the dark smoke.
"The baby just sort of dropped in a straight line, and a guy just ran forward and the baby fell into his arms", she said.
If there's a fire elsewhere in the building, you are usually safest in your own flat, unless heat or smoke is affecting you - in this instance if you can escape safely you should get out and stay out and dial 999. She said "fire" and I thought it was the school across the road.
"If you have any information about Khadija Saye please contact me", said Mr Lammy, who added she had been posting on Facebook as the fire took hold. One of his daughters was hospitalized.
Burning debris cascaded from the blazing building.
A structural engineer has assessed the building and it has been deemed safe for fire crew to continue search and rescue efforts.
Edward Daffarn, who lived on the 16th floor, said the building's fire alarm didn't ring.
London Fire Commissioner, Dany Cotton. "They told me they've never seen anything like it". The company said its refurbishment of the building met all required building control, fire regulation and health & safety standards.
It is believed several hundred people could have been inside when the fire broke out. Others said they could see people inside using flashlights and mobile phones to try to signal for help from higher floors.
A witness called Samira Lamrani 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". "I hope they'll listen now". I think he's OK.
"And then it was black smoke".
"Anyone who earns below 10 million pounds a year is not human in this borough", he said.
Adam Ali, another nearby resident, said it was the worst fire he had ever seen.
Minutes later, he was in front of the high-rise, and watched a horror scene unfold.
Tiago Etienne, 17, said he spotted about three children between four and eight years old being dropped from an apartment around the 15th floor. "I consider this mass murder". "There are plenty of alarms in the building, but no alarm went off", he said.
"I have also inquired about what fire suppression measures are installed in tower blocks in Northern Ireland. After that, the whole building was on fire". He said he was going to come. People who initially remained in place may have been unable to escape later because the hallways and fire escapes were filled with heavy smoke and flames.
Numerous witnesses also described seeing people trapped inside their apartments; banging on windows, shining lasers and lights or calling for help. "They need to be answered".
By mid-morning, an acrid smell permeated the area.
A casualty bureau has been set up for anyone concerned about friends and family on 0800 0961 233.
Neighbors streamed into the center with food.
Outside the Latymer Christian Center, volunteers directed members of the public who were dropping off donations, locals handed out snacks to children, and commuters stopped to take photos before continuing with their day. It's just a short walk from Kensington Palace.
The high-rise condominium in London in flames.
Authorities say the cause of the fire is not yet known and declined to speculate about how it started and spread so quickly.
Angus Law, of the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh, said: "Early media reports suggest that this event has similarities with other fires that have occurred recently around the world".
A local community organization, the Grenfell Action Group, had warned about fire dangers at the building since 2013. It's gone. It's just a matter of time before this building collapses.
Ms Hanan Wahabi, 39, who lives on the ninth floor of the 24-storey Grenfell Tower, said she was awoken around 1am (8am Singapore time) by smoke. A friend said they are "severely injured" and "desperate to find out where he is".
"I am torn because I am devastated that people probably died in that blaze, but I am relieved we are all alive". It is unclear how many people are still unaccounted for.
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