6+ confirmed dead in Grenfell Tower Fire ~ :: Habari Duniani

London. At least six people have been confirmed killed in a huge fire that ripped through a west London tower block, but police expect the death toll to rise.

In a statement at 11.30am, Commander Stuart Cundy, of the Metropolitan Police, said: "I can confirm six fatalities at this time but this figure is likely to rise during what will be a complex recovery operation over a number of days. Many others are receiving medical care."
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said "questions need to be answered as soon as possible".
Up to 600 people are believed to have been inside Grenfell Tower's 120 flats when the blaze tore through the 24-storey building in the early hours.
Eyewitnesses described people trapped in the burning Grenfell Tower, in north Kensington, screaming for help and yelling for their children to be saved.
Firefighters rescued many people and are still trying to put the fire out in the 24-storey block 12 hours on.

Police say there may still be people in the building who are unaccounted for. Residents who escaped spoke of others trapped and screaming for help, with some throwing children from windows and others jumping from upper floors. Some were reported to have attempted to use bin bags as makeshift parachutes.
More than 200 firefighters were called to the block on the Lancaster West Estate, in north Kensington, at about 1.15am. Several firefighters also suffered minor injuries in the blaze.
In a sign of hope, survivors were still reportedly being pulled from the block nine hours after the blaze started.

As an investigation into the cause of the fire began, residents reported that fire alarms had not sounded and that they were told to "stay put" in their flats and "put a wet towel down by the door.
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