Published on : Wednesday, June 14, 2017
A massive fire ripped through a high-rise building known as Grefnell Tower in west London on Wednesday claiming 6 lives and injuring over 70 people, while several others have gone missing. It is said that the residents had been warned of the potential risk of a blaze long ago.
For quite some time after the fire broke out, thick smoke was observed billowing out of the apartment building for miles around, as per the account of the local witnesses.
Many people were seen jumping from the 24-storey building, after they were trapped by the flames. Children banged on closed windows after they were devoured by the thick plumes of smoke. Within a couple of minutes, the residential building complex was engulfed in flames, according to the local inhabitants of the place.
The fire has raised concerns about how a recently renovated building in one of the wealthiest cities of the world turns into a 24-story inferno, in the absence of sprinklers or alarms to rescue the people trapped inside the building.
Fire officials have stated that the cause of the fire is still being investigated. Terrorism has not been suspected till now.
London police has confirmed that six people have been dead due to the fire but then added that the death toll is expected to rise. Ambulance services claimed that they had rushed at least 74 people to five hospitals in the area and at least 10 are in a critical condition.
The building is home to nearly 500 people.
About 40 fire engines approached the scene and as many as 200 firefighters were involved in a vain effort to control the furious blaze. Many of them immediately plunged inside the building, clad in breathing tanks. They searched floor by floor for survivors despite concerns that the entire structure is prone to collapse.
Dany Cotton, the London Fire Commissioner said that a structural engineer was monitoring the building’s stability. But then, it also added that it was safe for rescue teams to enter it. The fire is believed to have started on one of the lower floors of the building continued to burn till noon in London, some 11 hours after it had broken out.