London fire: At least six people dead, police confirm

Cheryl Sanders
June 15, 2017

At least 12 people died on Wednesday when Grenfell Tower became engulfed in flames in a fire described by London's Fire Commissioner as "completely unprecedented".

"My daughter's friend said she observed an adult who made some sort of homemade parachute and tried to lower himself out of the window", Lamrani said.

"As soon as we came out, there was no police cordon or nothing, we went straight to the building... and we can see kids waving, people shouting, screaming, because there were lights still on". Local resident Andre Barroso told The Independent, "Muslims played a big part in getting a lot of people out".

"We've seen debris falling from the building, we've heard explosions, we've heard the sound of glass breaking", Andy Moore from BBC said. "I thank them for all they are doing to help the victims of this devastating fire". Witnesses below on the street stood in shock as there was nothing they could do for the people trying to escape these flames by climbing out of the windows on the higher floors.

"There will be a great many questions over the coming days as to the cause of this tragedy, and I want to reassure Londoners that we will get all the answers", Mr Khan said.

Prime Minister Theresa May said her thoughts were with all those affected.

"People were starting to appear at the windows, frantically banging and screaming", she said.

Police officers arrive with protective equipment near a tower block, severely damaged in a serious fire, in north Kensington, West London June 14, 2017.

Firefighters in London were rushed to Grenfell Tower this morning as the building went up in flames.

Latest updates on the disastrous blaze can be found in The Guardian's live feed here.

The refrigerator reportedly exploded in a flat, triggering the inferno that spread through the tower block within 15 minutes, ABS-CBN's London correspondent Gene Alcantara told ANC.

Grenfell Tower was built in 1974 and underwent a £10M refurbishment a year ago.

But residents say the fire alarm did not ring, and that they had complained for years to local authorities about building safety in vain.

Michael Paramasivan, who lives on the seventh floor with his girlfriend and her young daughter, told BBC News that the official advice in case of fire is to stay inside your apartment. "I consider this mass murder".

A blog post from Grenfell Action Group in November said "only a catastrophic event" would expose the concerns residents had.

Rydon, the firm that carried it out, said its work "met all required building control, fire regulation, and health and safety standards". "It's gone. It's just a matter of time before this building collapses".

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