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  1. #61
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    Some people have managed to escape from some of the upper floors... Hopefully a lot more made it out!
    Poor London! This so terrible!

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...ell-tower-fire

    "It just caught up like a matchstick’
    Another man who fled from the 17th floor said he was alerted to the danger by the arrival of fire engines.

    “We saw the fire engines, so we were looking outside at what’s going on. There was no fire alarms anywhere, because we don’t have a kind of integrated fire system – it’s just everyone’s house for itself.

    “I walked out into the common area to see if the lifts are moving, to see if people are in a hassle – nothing. But I could smell the smoke.”

    The man said he only saw fire when he stuck his head out of the window.

    “I went back inside the house, looked out the window. I started looking down the window – I had to really pull myself out to look down the window, from the 17th floor, and I see the fire blazing, and coming up really fast, because of the cladding – the cladding was really flammable, and it just caught up like a matchstick.”

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    Fatalities confirmed

    London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton is giving a statement. She said fire fighters arrived within six minutes.

    She confirms that there have been a number of fatalities. She could not confirm numbers because of the complexity of the building.
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...y-latimer-road

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    From watching the presser, I get the feeling there are a lot of fatalities.

    The fire chief said there was a 'number of fatalities.' But could not say how many yet..
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    This is horrible. There must have been around 400 residents and at that time in the morning I worry how many got out safe.


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    This is the kind of fridge that supposedly started the fire:

    http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/late...S-recall-fault


    EXPLODING FRIDGE: Dad survives blast that tore doors from hinges
    A SHAKEN dad claims he was inches from death after his FRIDGE exploded.

    Emergency services rushed to the scene and were shocked to find the appliance "blown apart" in the kitchen.
    Last edited by katydid23; 06-14-2017 at 03:30 AM.
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    50 injured

    The number of people taken to hospital has increased to 50, according to the latest from the London Ambulance Service.
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...y-latimer-road

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    I just saw this on the news. Horrific. I've never seen a building like that so fully engulfed. I don't understand how there weren't smoke alarms. How is that even possible in an apartment building? I can somewhat understand a home having no working smoke alarms but a housing complex like that is just unfathomable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by katydid23 View Post
    This is the kind of fridge that supposedly started the fire:
    A Samsung? If true that astonishes me, not least because those are expensive fridges and the people living in that tower block were poor.

    When I heard a report about a fridge causing the fire I immediately thought of Beko (cheap, Turkish made appliances which have been involved in a lot of fires) and a number of brands owned by Whirlpool (not so cheap, but also implicated in domestic fires).

  10. #70
    I obviously came into this thread late but how do they know it was a fridge that sparked the fire already? This building was fully engulfed. How does a fridge do that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gregjrichards View Post
    The large scale works included the installation of insulated exterior cladding, new double glazed windows and a new communal heating system.
    snip.

    Rydon, the company responsible for the cladding and retrofitting refurbishments at Grenfell Tower have scraped all references to the refurbishment from their website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIKAYOYO View Post
    I obviously came into this thread late but how do they know it was a fridge that sparked the fire already? This building was fully engulfed. How does a fridge do that?
    They have not established a cause for the fire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    They have not established a cause for the fire.
    Okay thanks. I thought someone said it was caused by a exploding fridge.
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    We could see people waving fairy lights and flags to show their position.
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...y-latimer-road

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIKAYOYO View Post
    Okay thanks. I thought someone said it was caused by a exploding fridge.
    Earlier, someone said a fire in his neighbor's dryer.

    Probably neither. These were people speaking who'd escaped this a short time before, and
    were trying to make sense of it.

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