Grenfell Tower: 17 people confirmed dead in blaze

Danny Woods
June 16, 2017

Smoke was still wafting out of the shell of the Grenfell Tower on Thursday morning, after Wednesday's blaze turned it into a flaming torch in minutes.

Residents of the building were reportedly told to stay in their apartments to protect their safety - a policy that only makes sense if your apartment/building is equipped to handle a fire.

May made her announcement after she toured the devastation.

"We need to understand what happened on that awful night and as the Prime Minister has said, get a really proper factually-based, evidence-based understanding of what happened on that night, and what happened in the run-in to that night".

It followed calls for those involved in the building's recent renovation - which many claim posed a major safety risk - to face prosecution.

"When I went to the scene and spoke to the emergency services, they told me that the way this fire had spread and took hold of the building was rapid, it was ferocious, it was unexpected", she said. At the time, "hundreds" of residents were inside the building, which has 120 apartments.

The cause of the fire remains unclear, reports Vigliotti, as does how it managed to spread so quickly up the apartment building. But the focus has turned to renovations completed previous year that added decorative touches to the building.

This version was banned in USA high-rises for fire-safety reasons, a US-based Reynobond salesman told the Times.

"A lot of my firefighters yesterday experienced things they will never have seen before and I've spoken to some people who were truly distressed".

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The fire that began around 1 a.m. local time on Wednesday morning also injured dozens, 18 of them critically, and left an unknown number missing.

Adele was also seen visiting the Grenfell Tower last night, while Rita Ora posted on Instagram: "This is my neighbourhood, I can't believe this is happening".

Officials said the fire burned through the entire building and stretched from the second to the 27th floor. "We owe that to the families, to the people who have lost loved ones, friends and the homes in which they lived".

Outside the cordons, impromptu tributes have appeared, with photos of missing people, messages of condolences, flowers and candles.

Community centers in London have been overwhelmed by the number of donations flooding in for those left homeless.

Cotton told ITV that her crews had reached the top floor of the building and conducted initial visual searches from doorways but had not done a comprehensive search because it was unsafe.

Missing people posters have been put up throughout the north London neighborhood of North Kensington.

"What we can simply do is look to all that we have seen today - which is good, which is fabulous - people getting together".

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