Fatalities have been confirmed with questions already being asked about the safety of the buildingby Prospect Team / June 14, 2017 / Leave a comment
A fire at Grenfell Tower in Notting Hill, West London, has killed 12, with the number of fatalities expected to rise.
The fire is believed to have broken out shortly before 1am on Wednesday morning. Although London fire commissioner Dany Cotton says fire fighters arrived within six minutes, the fire spread quickly.
“This is an unprecedented incident,” said Cotton. “In my 29 years of being a firefighter I have never seven seen anything of this scale.”
“This is a major fire that effected all floors of this 24 storey building from the second floor upwards.”
“I am very sad to confirm there have been a number of fatalities. I cannot confirm the number at this time due to the size and complexity of this building. It would clearly be wrong for me to speculate further.”
Over forty engines and over 200 firefighters attended the incident and around 30 flats in the area nearby have been evacuated. Cotton has also confirmed that 50 people have been taken to five different hospitals.
Buzzfeed’s Hannah Al-Othman, who is at the scene, reports that tenants say they did not hear any fire alarms. Council leader Nick Paget-Brown says that several hundred people lived in the tower.