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Residents had been warning for years of London apartment tower's fire risk

15 Juin 2017

We'd see them pacing in and out, the windows were falling, debris was coming closer to us....

"I saw three people putting sheets together to climb down, but no one climbed down".

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Metropolitan Police in London say they're continuing to evacuate people from a massive apartment fire in west London. An additional 10 people made their own way to the hospitals, bringing the total number of those being treated to 74, according to London Ambulance Service Director of Operations Paul Woodrow.

Policing and Fire Minister Nick Hurd said the Government wanted to reassure people living in other buildings.

Firefighters direct jets of water onto a tower block severely damaged by a serious fire in north Kensington, West London on June 14.

"Rydon completed a $11-million refurbishment project in 2016 on behalf of the local authority to modernize the exterior of Grenfell Tower, which saw new cladding and windows installed".

Rania Ibrham, 30, could be heard begging for help as her frantic neighbours try to flee through smoke-filled corridors.

The London Fire Brigade said it received the first reports of the blaze at 12:54 a.m. and the first engines arrived within six minutes.

She said: "A woman was gesturing like she was about to throw her baby and if somebody could catch the baby".

Paul Munakr, who lives on the seventh floor, spoke of his escape.

"My mother-in-law and her eldest daughter realised there was a fire and got out".

"He obviously couldn't find an escape route and he couldn't leave", she said. "There's a fireman shouting "get down the stairs", one of the block's residents, Michael Paramasivan, told BBC radio. Some desperate residents threw their children from high windows, hoping someone on the ground would catch them.

Earlier she had said she has "never seen anything like it in my life".

Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said firefighters expected to be on the scene for at least another 24 hours and she would not speculate about the cause of the blaze.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was "truly devastated" by the incident and warned that the numbers of dead and injured could increase.

The London Fire Brigade tweeted that the fire involved the second to the top floor of the 27-story building.

Authorities say 65 people were rescued from the blaze.

He told the Victoria: "So many people were left; we had so many relatives and families who were still trapped in, calling and saying please let the fire services know that we are still here".

The group said there was only one entry and exit to the tower during improvement works at the block in Latimer Road and it had issues with evacuation procedures.

Police said in a statement they were called at 1:16am (0016 GMT).

Some residents said no alarm had sounded.

"These questions are really important questions that need to be answered", Khan said.

Up to 600 people lived in 120 apartments in the Grenfell Tower. Were fire safety regulations followed by the managers of the tower, Kensington and Chelsea Tenants Management Organisation (KCTMO), and how much oversight was there from the owners, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council?

Residents had been warning for years of London apartment tower's fire risk