London fire: Police release images of devastating tower inferno

Alain Brian
Juin 19, 2017

SAFETY assurances have been offered to residents of Newport tower blocks following the devastating fire in London earlier this week.

Police have been struggling to come up with an authoritative list of who was in the building when the fire started, making it hard to determine how many had died.

Public anger is mounting as residents and neighbors demand answers for how the blaze early Wednesday spread so quickly and trapped so numerous tower's 600-odd residents. Hands cautioned that officials don't yet have exact details about the renovation that ended just a year ago.

Angry residents stormed local authority headquarters on Friday demanding justice as the death toll from the London tower block fire reached 30, with dozens more unaccounted for.

"And therefore, sadly, I have to assume that they are dead", he said.

Commander Cundy further informed that the police investigation into the fire "will take weeks, it may take longer than that".

Anger has been growing in the British capital, with heated rallies being held as distraught Londoners seek answers as to why the tragedy occurred.

"We are grateful to the Prime Minister for listening to us and for the assurances she has given us but now we need to see real action and immediate results with centralised coordination of the relief effort with residents closely involved".

Most major cities with many high-rise buildings have detailed building codes and fire safety rules requiring several layers of protections in tall buildings.

South Wales assistant chief fire officer Andrew Thomas said: "This type of fire is rare and high-rise buildings are created to resist fire, stop the spread of smoke and provide a safe means of escape".

With blackened rubble strewn across the floor and exposed pipes, one room is unrecognisable as a home until a bath and sink come into view - the dividing wall destroyed completely by the fire. The package includes a guarantee to rehouse people as close as possible to where they previously lived - a poor neighborhood surrounded by extreme wealth. His apartment remained entirely untouched by the flames.

What makes the London fire maddening for fire experts who believe in the "stay put" rule is that the Grenfell may have lacked numerous safety redundancies necessary to make it work.

He also said the last flames had finally been extinguished, two days after the fire broke out early Wednesday in a working-class enclave of the wealthy Kensington district. Britain's Press Association reported that some 70 people are still missing after the fire.

"The bottom line: Sprinklers, fire doors and multiple stairwells work", said Chicago Fire Department Battalion Chief Michael Conroy.

"It would not be appropriate for us to comment or for others to speculate on any aspect of fire, or its causes, in advance of these inquiries", managing director Ray Bailey said.

She said: "Today is traditionally a day of celebration".

Queen Elizabeth II and her grandson Prince William visited a community centre where some of the survivors are being housed.

"There is no way I am waiting to die in a building".

The recovery operation had been paused amid concerns for the safety of emergency workers in the building, but has now resumed.

Lorraine Warrington, who lives on the nearby Silchester estate, said: 'This is not the time or place to take selfies - in front of a tower block where my friends passed away.

On the figure of 58, he said: "I really hope it won't, but it may increase", while adding that "it might be that some of those are safe and well", and for some reason, had not yet made themselves known to the police.

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