Several Dead After London Tower Block Fire

Charities companies and individuals offer help to Grenfell Tower victims

'I could hear them screaming for their lives'.

A huge fundraising drive has been launched to help out the residents of Grenfell Tower, the west London block of flats that was engulfed in flames in the early hours of this morning.

"This is an unprecedented incident", London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton told reporters.

Twelve people have now been confirmed dead in the Grenfell Tower fire in West London. After announcing the updated death toll of 12 in the afternoon, Cmdr. Firefighters rescued "large numbers", but London Mayor Sadiq Khan said "a lot" of people were unaccounted for.

He described a perilous situation: "Only one fire escape to get down, and apparently that caught on fire", he said. However, an initial report claimed that there were a few lacking when it came to fire security and the residents have been complaining about it. "In my 29 years of being a firefighter, I have never ever seen anything of this scale". "It's just billowing black smoke", Downey said.

An interviewee told local radio that the fire started at the fourth floor, but the smoke alarms had not gone off. He was just as surprised at how quickly the fire spread as anybody else. Desperately trying to avoid the flames, residents threw one baby and other small children from high windows to people down on the sidewalk, witnesses said. "Somebody did, a gentleman ran forward and managed to grab the baby", Lamrani told Britain's Press Association news agency. Tiago Etienne, 17, said he saw three young children being dropped from an apartment around the 15th floor. There was no word on their fate.

The Met Police has said it will take some time before they are in a position to confirm the cause of the fire. 20 of those who were injured are in critical condition.

"All of this will greatly enhance the energy efficiency of the building", the company said in its strategic report. Talking to BBC, he said, "People were banging on the windows, screaming "get us out, get us out". Several people have sustained injuries, the police said, and are being treated. "They couldn't stop the fire".

"This matter is of particular concern as there is only one entry and exit to Grenfell Tower during the improvement works", read a blog post by the Grenfell Action Group.

Another resident, called Zara, said she saw a woman throw her son, who was about five years old, from a fifth or sixth floor window to escape the blaze.

Damian Collins, former head of the Grenfell Tower Residents' Association, said residents had complained to the local council over the handling of a major refurbishment of the building completed past year.

"I'm lucky to be alive".

"This is a multi-ethnic, multicultural, diverse community that just didn't get served by the people representing them", he said. "I consider this mass murder". In 2016 the group raised concerns about whether the emergency exits could become blocked in the event of a large-scale fire.

Mr Cundy said it is likely to be some time before police can identify the victims, adding that it is too early to speculate on the cause of the fire.

Rowena said she and her family were doing fine as the incident had not occurred within the vicinity of their home.

An investigation into the cause of the blaze in the building is expected to look at whether the materials used to refurbish the exterior of the tower may have contributed to the violent spread of the blaze.

The London Fire Brigade also made an enforcement notice requiring the same works to be carried out on Hazelwood Tower, which is next to Adair Tower, because the two blocks have the same design.

Grenfell Tower recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, with many of its 120 apartments having been outfitted with new windows.

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