Built in 1970’s the Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, London is a 24-story residential building. The building caught massive fire around 1 a.m. on Wednesday 14 June. This London fire is one of the biggest in London after the fire incident of 2009, occurred in south of London. The fire was so big, the flames could be seen from a great distance. Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London has declared the unfortunate incident as a “major incident.”
The firefighter department overcame the inferno after hours of long and fatiguing efforts. About 200 firefighters, 40 fire trucks and 20 ambulance crews took part in the rescue work. Even the London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton was shocked to see the intensity. Here is what she said to CNN,
“In my 29 years of being a firefighter, I have never seen anything of this scale,” she further explained, “Crews wearing breathing apparatus … have been working in extremely challenging conditions,”
People Leaped for Survival
The people living in the neighboring buildings witnessed a lot of people leaping out of Grenfell tower for saving their lives from the horrible London fire. One witness describes; “They literally just jumped … (they) must have thought, we’re not going to sit here and suffocate,”
Some are said to have thrown their babies out of the building for saving their lives. According to reports, one baby was caught by a man standing underneath. A man (Michael Paramasivan) living in the same building reports his experience in these words;
“I grabbed my little girl and ran down the stairs, “Half of the building was ablaze by the time we got out. And it was just spreading like wildfire.”
About 50 people have been transported to different hospitals in the city. Several are reported to be dead after falling victim of the London fire. Nothing could be determined about the causalities at the moment.
Check out the intensity of fire in the video given below.
Video courtesy: BBC News