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    "People can be seen at the windows, including one man waving a blanket from the window. People from neighbouring estates are huddled outside in their pyjamas near the flaming building, some shouting “put your head out the window” or calling the man with the blanket to shout his flat numbers so they can guide the fire services to him. Fire officers are spraying his window with water to try and douse the flames.

    There’s a smell of acrid smoke and flaming debris is spiralling from the building. There’s the sound of breaking glass and dull pops.

    “There was a woman with a child. I saw her waving maybe 30mins ago,” said a man who asked not to be named. “She said I’ve got a child ... I saw them spraying her window.”
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...y-latimer-road

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    Apparently people have been waiting for rescue and they are now being told to attempt to escape on their own

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    That is devastating. There were several reports of people jumping. So terrifying.
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    Fires terrify me. So evil.
    I'm so sorry to everyone affected by this.


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    this is the same building. This blog was published in November 2016. This building was a known fire hazard.

    https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpres...ing-with-fire/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eloise View Post
    this is the same building. This blog was published in November 2016. This building was a known fire hazard.

    https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpres...ing-with-fire/
    The Grenfell Action Group believe that the KCTMO narrowly averted a major fire disaster at Grenfell Tower in 2013 when residents experienced a period of terrifying power surges that were subsequently found to have been caused by faulty wiring.
    from Eloise's link above

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    A great city suffers great fires.

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    Apparently two adjacent buildings are being evacuated now.

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    Resident says neighbour told him 'fridge exploded sparking fire'

    A resident of Grenfell Tower has told Sky News his neighbour’s ‘fridge exploded’ sparking the fire.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news...dates-10619185

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    Jody Martin said he got to the scene as the first fire engine was arriving at Grenfell Tower.

    He told the BBC: “I grabbed an axe from the fire truck, it looked like there was a bit of confusion about what to do.

    “I ran around the building looking for a fire escape and couldn’t see any noticeable fire escapes around the building. A lot of debris falling down.

    “I eventually gained entry onto the second floor, and once I got to the corridor I realised there was so much smoke there.”

    He added that given the thickness of the smoke, he would be surprised if anyone could have left the building without assistance.

    “I watched one person falling out, I watched another woman holding her baby out the window ... hearing screams, I was yelling everyone to get down and they were saying, ‘We can’t leave our apartments, the smoke is too bad on the corridors’,” he said.
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...y-latimer-road


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    Nick Paget-Brown, the leader of the Kensington and Chelsea council, has spoken on Sky News UK, saying that he was working to establish how many people were in the tower block at the time of the fire.

    “Several hundred would have been in there. It’s a question of establishing how many were in there at the time of the fire.”
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...y-latimer-road

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    Ahmed Chellat had come to the Rugby Portobello centre with his wife to look for his brother-in-law, his wife and three children. “We don’t know what’s happened,” he said. “I asked him to come out and he couldn’t. He was advised to put towels under the doors and he said they will come for him. We’ve heard nothing.

    “Last time we spoke to them was about 2.30am – he said the fire brigade’s coming up to me.”
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    Councillor Aicha Less, from neighbouring Westminster, was delivering water and blankets to the centre and described the situation as a “complete shambles”.

    “There’s been no steer, no guidance,” she said. “People have been left there, they don’t know if their relatives are in the block or not.”
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...y-latimer-road

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    London Ambulance Service has confirmed that 30 patients have been taken to five hospitals.
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...y-latimer-road

    Oh my. Not very many.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    No. That seems low. I doubt that's even one floor of the building.

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    OMG by belly's in knots thinking about how terrified these people must have been. I fear a high death toll. Relieved a bit that it's not terror related, but so saddening nonetheless.
    It's amazing to me that fires like this are even possible in 'advanced' countries. I hope the owners didn't skimp on safety, or else they'll have a heavy burdon on their hearts. And wallets!

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