London: Grenfell Tower inferno a ‘disaster waiting to happen’ as concerns are raised for safety of other buildings

Fierce flames could be seen for miles as the 24-storey building burnt through the night

Grenfell Tower in Notting Hill was engulfed

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An inferno which engulfed a tower block, killing at least 12 in what could become one of the biggest fire tragedies in British history, was a “disaster waiting to happen”, experts have said.

Fears were raised that green energy concerns were prioritised ahead of safety as it emerged that cladding used to make the building more sustainable could have accelerated the fire.

On Wednesday night, police confirmed 12 people had died following the blaze at Grenfell House in Kensington, west London, but they expected the death toll to rise.

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London fire – Survivors tell how fire escape was pitch black with smoke but they could ‘feel’ bodies as they tried to escape

Trapped residents jumped from the burning building while others lashed bedsheets together in a desperate attempt to escape the flames

SURVIVORS of the tower block inferno stumbled over bodies as they desperately fought their way through black smoke to escape down the stairwell.

Dozens of residents at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, West London, are feared dead — weeks after a £10million refurbishment of the block that developers said was safe.

Grenfell Tower

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Fires are STILL burning at the tower a day after the deadly blaze ripped through the 24-storey residential building
The tower block had been reduced to a burnt-out carcass by this morningPA:PRESS ASSOCIATIONThe tower block had been reduced to a burnt-out carcass by this morningFirefighters are still trying to extinguish the blaze which broke out just before 1amPA:PRESS ASSOCIATIONFirefighters are still trying to extinguish the blaze which broke out just before 1am..Fierce flames could be seen for miles as the 24-storey building burnt through the nightEYEVINEFierce flames could be seen for miles as the 24-storey building burnt through the night.At least 12 people have been killed following a huge fire at Grenfell Tower in west LondonGETTY IMAGESAt least 12 people have been killed following a huge fire at Grenfell Tower in west London.Grenfell Tower in Kensington, West London, looked like a scene from hell as a fire ripped through the building early this morningLONDON NEWS PICTURESGrenfell Tower in Kensington, West London, looked like a scene from hell as a fire ripped through the building in the early hours of morning

Figure of person seen in Grenfell Tower window as fire rips through building above

Those who were lucky enough to make it out alive have revealed their horror at discovering their only escape route was “littered” with bodies.

Describing his family’s dramatic escape, survivor Marcio said: “As soon as we opened the door all the smoke came in.

“But at that time we had no choice because the fire started coming in through the windows.

“We had to go down the stairs from the 21st floor.

“You couldn’t see anything. We had to step over bodies with my young daughters and my seven months pregnant wife.”

The fire tore through the flat killing at least 12

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It is believed virtually all the residents in the top three floors of Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, West London, perished in the devastating fire, which burned at over 1,000C (1,800F).

The death toll stood at 12 last night but was expected to rise. A further 74 victims, 18 of them critical, are being treated at six hospitals.

Firefighter fighters are removing bodies and said they do not expect to find anyone else alive – as desperate families search for their missing loved ones.

It emerged that the blaze spread through external cladding fitted to thousands more UK buildings after warnings fell on deaf ears.

The aftermath of the fire shows the devastation caused

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At least 12 people have been killed and 18 more are fighting for their lives, including babies and young children left in comas.

Desperate residents were seen flinging themselves from the building, jumping to their deaths as they tried to escape being burnt alive.

A baby was caught after being thrown from the ninth floor, while some frantic residents lashed bedsheets together in a crude attempt to escape the rapidly growing blaze.

Chilling moment children trapped inside Grenfell Tower inferno scream for help as fire rages

Harrowing pictures show shadows of residents trapped inside their homes, as witnesses heard people screaming for help as they leaned out of their windows.

Horrified witnesses told how they saw some families throwing children out of windows in scenes “reminiscent of 9/11”.

Friends of missing residents – who had been told to stay put in their flats by firefighters – described how messages from their loved ones became increasingly desperate as the flames ravaged the building.

A mum sent a harrowing video message to her best friend crying “forgive me everyone, goodbye” while trapped on the 23rd floor.

Another resident is believed to have sent a Snapchat from inside the burning tower block telling friends: “Guys I can’t get out”.

Denise Bloomfield, 37, who was evacuated from a nearby flat, said: “You could feel the heat from where you were standing. It was scary. It was like watching a movie.

“People were like zombies in their pyjamas. It was just not real.”

She added: “There were people who were just surviving … and waiting for the fire to take them, just waiting to die.”

A distraught mum lost her 12-year-old daughter after accidentally letting go of her hand as they tried to escape down the pitch black stairwell.

Survivor describes how he was rescued from Grenfell Tower fire by his dad

Firefighters rescued 65 people from the block, but a local community leader said they are working with a missing list of “possibly hundreds”.

The committee member, who asked not to be named, said: “I have been told that anyone past the 21st floor did not make it.

“The firefighters told them to stay where they were.

A poster appealing for information about artist Khadija Saye, who is missing after the fire

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A poster appealing for information about artist Khadija Saye, who is missing after the fire.Debris falls from the burning building as 200 firefighters battled to stop it

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Debris falls from the burning building as 200 firefighters battled to stop it

Witness Judith Blakeman, who lives opposite the tower, rushed outside when she heard about the blaze at 5am.

She said: “Neighbours had been watching it all night, they said the cladding went up like a nightdress by a fire – it just went whoosh.”

Questions are now being asked about the cladding, with suggestions it may have been installed to improve the appearance of the tower block for wealthy residents living nearby.

Planning papers said “changes to the existing tower will improve its appearance especially when viewed from the surrounding area”.

“There is a family of three who live quite high up, a heavily pregnant wife, husband and two little girls aged ten and 11.”

There is no official confirmation of how the blaze started but one witness claimed it sparked after his neighbour’s fridge exploded.

Celebrities such as Rita Ora and Jamie Oliver joined ordinary Londoners in an extraordinary effort to provide food, clothes, cash and shelter for the survivors.


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Westway Sports Centre has turned into a refuge for residents – with gymnastic mats laid out on the floor of its main hall.

Peter Boulton, 61, spent the night there with around 30 others after being evacuated from Treadgold House in the early hours of Wednesday.

He said: “We were all evacuated at about 2.30am.

“I just sat on the pavement yesterday – I didn’t know where anyone went.

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