Rita Ora: I used to play in Grenfell Tower block

Parents wrapped wet towels around their children as they desperately tried to escape from the Grenfell Tower, with at least one person seen waving a piece of white cloth from an upper floor as flames ravaged the building.

Grenfell Tower is a concrete block built in 1974 in the working-class area of north Kensington in west London.

- Residents say they were told to stay in their apartments as the fire raged.

Up until now the London Fire Brigade have said they could not confirm casualty numbers but that their personnel were continuing to search the building.

"Regeneration that happened a year ago to apparently make these blocks better and then... these fires have never happened, I've lived here my entire life, my mum's lived here a very long time, and these kind of things have never, ever happened in this area". Around an hour later the London Fire Brigade also tweeted that the whole building was in flames, starting from the second floor. But nearly nine hours after the blaze broke out, Cotton admitted "we have absolutely no idea" how many people remained unaccounted for.

Several firefighters were injured as they tackled the blaze, Ms Cotton said.

Such was the magnitude of the fire that engulfed the Grenfell Tower blaze that even firefighters accepted that they have not encountered a fire like this before.

Boutrig said her friend's brother, wife and children lived in the building and that her friend was waiting to find out if they were OK.

"We used to say that.it'll take a tragedy before the people wake up and before the people managing the building get held to account", Collins told AFP, as the 24-storey building smouldered nearby.

"I saw people jumping out of their windows, the building was literally on fire, the ambulances, the police". When she got downstairs there was only four of them with her.

The company that carried out the major refurbishment of the tower, which was competed last summer, said it was shocked by the disaster and that all the work carried out met fire and safety standards.

Manchester United increase Morata offer
It stems from this Instagram post, which claims that Morata has told Bale to join him in swapping the Bernabeu for Old Trafford. Now, the Red Devils have to negotiate with Real Madrid , because the Spanish club is not willing to sell the striker.

He said: "Harriet Harman, who is the MP for Camberwell and Peckham, raised all these issues after that fire and. demanded that sprinklers should be fitted to all of these buildings".

A residents' action group said its warnings about safety had fallen on "deaf ears".

"The potential for a fire to break out in the communal area on the walkway does not bear thinking about as residents would be trapped in the building with no way out", it said.

Mayor Sadiq Khan said many questions must be answered about safety for the scores of other apartment blocks around the British capital.

Survivors said they felt likely to be alive.

"The baby just sort of dropped in a straight line, and a guy just ran forward and the baby fell into his arms", she said.

"In a multi-occupancy high-rise building such as this, any fire which starts should be sufficiently retained for a period of time within that residential dwelling", he said.

In a post from November 2016 entitled, "KCTMO - Playing with fire!" the association said, "It is a truly terrifying thought but the Grenfell Action Group firmly believe that only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the KCTMO, and bring an end to the unsafe living conditions and neglect of health and safety legislation that they inflict upon their tenants and leaseholders".

"She is now breaking her heart", Michael Paramasivan, a block resident, told BBC radio.

David Collins, of Grenfell Tower residents association, told the BBC: "We repeatedly reported concerns to the tenant management organisation of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, including fire safety concerns, which were not investigated during the regeneration works".

Related News:

  • Scotland striker Leigh Griffiths 'gutted' after England's last-gasp leveller

    Scotland striker Leigh Griffiths 'gutted' after England's last-gasp leveller

    Gordon Strachan's men were now in touching distance of a massive win before captain Harry Kane netted deep into injury-time from a Raheem Sterling centre.

    Uber board to consider management changes

    One of the high-profile executives to be fired from the company was Uber's senior vice president of engineering, Amit Singhal. Through the investigation , over 20 employees were fired for various reasons including secual harassment and discrimination.

    Republican leader, Capitol officers and aide shot at congressional baseball practice

    A police officer was hit by the gunman after he got out of a parked auto and drew a handgun, according to Filous. The White House said Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were both notified of the shooting in Alexandria .
  • Needle Moving Activity Spotted in NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA)

    Equities research analysts forecast that NVIDIA Corporation will post $3.09 earnings per share for the current year. Marsico Mgmt Limited Liability holds 3.31% of its portfolio in salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE:IBM) for 177,694 shares.
    Razer Reveals Upgraded Blade Stealth Laptop at E3

    Razer Reveals Upgraded Blade Stealth Laptop at E3

    The Razer Core supports cards from AMD and NVIDIA, and will cost an extra $399 if bought alongside the new Razer Blade Stealth . The standout new feature is an updated 13.3-inch, touch-enabled QHD display, which packs in 3,200 by 1,800 pixels.

    New York area lawmakers react to Alexandria shooting

    We are still waiting for additional details, but my dear friend and colleague, Congressman Steve Scalise, members of his U.S. Kentucky leaders comment on the shooting that occurred Tuesday morning at the congressional baseball practice in Virginia.
  • Kathy Griffin says Trump 'broke me' during tearful press conference

    Kathy Griffin says Trump 'broke me' during tearful press conference

    Squatty Potty, which had previously announced a partnership with Griffin, announced Wednesday it had dropped her as a spokeswoman. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called Griffin " disgusting " and said the photo was "completely outrageous".

    Trump says Comey testimony showed 'no obstruction'

    But such legal considerations, though important, miss the real significance of Comey's testimony heard-'round-the-world. Trump promised to "make American great again", a slogan that still resonates with millions of his supporters.
    Hindu Sena celebrates Donald Trump's birthday at New Delhi's Jantar Mantar

    Hindu Sena celebrates Donald Trump's birthday at New Delhi's Jantar Mantar

    It's President Trump's 71st birthday , and the equivalent of birthday cards for the commander in chief are trickling in. However, many underprivileged children and street dwellers in Jantar Mantar savored the birthday cake as their lunch.
  • India rejects Trump charge that it linked Paris climate accord for aid

    India rejects Trump charge that it linked Paris climate accord for aid

    India had signed the Paris climate pact not because of pressure from any country or due to lure of money, she said. Modi said India would go above and beyond the Paris climate agreement.

    New Mexico Senator frustrated by Sessions' refusal to answer questions

    Sessions cited his involvement in the Trump campaign - and his involvement in the Trump campaign alone - for his recusal. And when this contradiction was placed in front him at Tuesday's hearing, Sessions was unable to provide an answer.
    Taylor Swift Celebrates Sales Landmarks by Offering Catalog for Streaming

    Taylor Swift Celebrates Sales Landmarks by Offering Catalog for Streaming

    At the time , she explained her decision to Yahoo, saying that artists were not being fairly paid for their work. Swift was quite vocal about her stance in regards to proper compensation for artists during that time .


Most liked

Trump says Scalise shooter is dead
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is now heading up the investigation because members of Congress were involved in the shooting. Schools in the area near the shooting were immediately put on lockdown and bomb-sniffing dogs monitored the grounds of the U.S.

Suspected N.Korea drone photographed US missile defense site
In all, only five to 10 North Koreans have used that route to cross to the South since 2010, according to the Yonhap news agency. Alongside its ritual ballistic missile tests, North Korea has conducted nuclear tests on five occasions, two of which in 2016.

Election dents Scottish nationalists' hopes for independence
She said: "The SNP vote is crumbling in their heartlands.it's a very bad night for the SNP". "We stand ready to play our part in that alliance.

France vs England Live Stream Score Commentary in global friendly 2017
Last weekend, England needed an injury-time goal to grind out a 2-2 draw at a mediocre Scotland side in a World Cup qualifier. Ten-man France beat England 3-2 in a friendly in Paris on Tuesday.

Xbox ultra-HD console will be the most powerful, says Microsoft
Granted, I do agree that there are some hardcore gamers out there who place stable frame rates and visual fidelity above all else. We'll have a marketing deal on those, but I don't say, hey, I need some kind of Strike or skin somebody else can't play.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake estate unveiled
Customers can also specify Cabin Air Ionization, which purifies air to provide protection against environmental pollution. Up front, there's a 10-inch Touch Pro infotainment system, which Jaguar calls "your on-board digital butler".

Amazon introduces Reload option so Prime users can get 2% rebate
Okay, 2% may not be a lot if you think about it, but if you regularly use Amazon to buy stuff, that rebate can add up over time. While that money is essentially stuck inside Amazon at that point, it's still a great deal for anyone who uses Prime a lot.

Bill stops tax credits for those in US illegally
But conservatives would prefer less, and Senate leadership has suggested a three-year phase-out of Medicaid expansion. Rob Portman of Ohio, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME , and conservatives like Sens.

London fire could delay Theresa May-DUP deal
Even if it reaches an agreement with the Democratic Unionist Party , the government formed would be a weak and unstable one. Ms May made clear the Brexit negotiations would begin on schedule despite the political uncertainty at home.

Douglass Winthrop Advisors LLC Purchases 5384 Shares of Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)
The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has "Overweight" rating given on Friday, October 23 by Barclays Capital. The insider COURTOIS JEAN PHILIPPE sold $1.81M. $767,936 worth of stock was sold by MORRELL KELLEY on Tuesday, May 30.

The Pittsburgh Penguins Capture Second Straight Stanley Cup
Murray made a tremendous save on Mike Fisher , prevented a goal. "I'm glad we still had the same group of guys altogether". It took a decade, but Ottawa finally made it back to the conference final for the first time since then this spring.

Korea leader warns North after latest missile launch
The launch comes less than a week after the United Nations expanded sanctions against Kim Jong-un's regime. KCNA added the missiles "accurately detected and hit the floating targets on the East Sea of Korea ".

Sessions calls allegations of collusion with Russian Federation appalling
Sessions said "it appears" Russians attempted to interfere in the election, based on what the intelligence community believes. But Sessions on Tuesday declined to divulge much information about Comey's firing beyond what was already publicly known.

Premier League 2017-18 fixtures released, Chelsea begin title defence at Burnley
The third opponent that we fare well against at home is Stoke City , in 6 home games, we've won 4, losing 1. After Burnley , the season truly ramps up with a visit to Three Point Lane Wembley to take on Spurs.

Golden State Warriors parade set for Thursday in Oakland
GSW took the game 129-120, which handed the team a 4-1 series victory. Then they dismantled the Cavs , who had dismantled the East. What's next for LeBron James? "I'm just happy for him".