London blaze: Mother throws baby out the window from 9th floor

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 16, 2017

The blaze, which began at the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in London at around 1am on Wednesday morning, claimed the lives of at least 12 people, injuring 74 more, with dozens still missing.

There were questions about why there was no sprinkler system in Grenfell Tower which could have helped stop the fire spreading, or any central smoke alarm system that would have woken sleeping residents.

Prime Minister Theresa May, who has promised an investigation into the disaster, visited the scene on Thursday to meet members of the emergency services, but left without making any public comment.

"In my 29 years of being a firefighter, I have never, ever seen anything of this scale", London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton told NBC News.

More than 200 firefighters worked through the night and parts of the building were still seen as being unsafe.

However, the cause of the fire still remains unknown.

The Queen said her thoughts and prayers were with the families. Corbyn, who also visited North Kensington, said "some hard questions have got to be answered" and that "it can not be right that a fire like this takes so many lives in the 21st century in Britain".

May calls for public inquiry.

Mr Corbyn added: "I tell you this - many residents I met there this afternoon are very angry".

The Government says that trade minister Greg Hands had chaired a meeting with residents and various Government figures were liaising with residents and groups on the ground.

Grenfell Tower is part of a social housing estate in north Kensington, just streets away from some of the most expensive homes in the world in Notting Hill. Gloria Trevisan and Marco Gottardi, both 27, lived on the 23rd floor.

Law said that British regulations are meant to halt the spread of fire between units and floors in high-rise buildings, but that when that fails, "the consequences are often catastrophic".

Firefighters are removing bodies and said they do not expect to find anyone else alive - as desperate families search for their missing loved ones.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrives at Grenfield Tower in London, Thursday, June 15, 2017, following a deadly fire in the apartment block.

The fire triggered a fresh wave of mourning in a country already battered by a string of terror attacks.

Volunteers have been travelling between the centres with boxes of food, water and clothes for the victims.

"It is also heartening to see the incredible generosity of community volunteers rallying to help those affected by this awful event", she said in a statement.

But Kostas Tsavdaridis, associate professor of structural engineering at the University of Leeds, warned: "Some materials used in facades act as significant fire loads". "But even if they are, smoke and fire will spread through the joints and connections", he said.

Community centers in London have been overwhelmed by the number of donations flooding in for those left homeless by a high-rise apartment building fire. They lived on the 22nd floor, and the Lebanese Embassy has listed them as missing. "That is the last time I heard from her".

"I kept calling and calling", she told Reuters. When she got downstairs there was only four of them with her.

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