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London fire: Death toll rises to 17

Rescuers do not expect to find anyone else alive in the west London block of flats which was engulfed by a massive fire, the fire service says.

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said there were still “unknown numbers” of people in the smouldering ruins of Grenfell Tower, in north Kensington.

People have been desperately seeking news of missing family and friends, after 17 people were confirmed dead.

The Queen has said her “thoughts and prayers” are with families.

More than 30 people remain in hospital – 17 of whom are in a critical condition.

Prime Minister Theresa May, who made a brief private visit to the scene, has promised a full investigation, as questions are asked about the speed at which the fire spread.

Firefighters were called to the 24-storey residential tower at 00:54 BST on Wednesday, at a time when hundreds of people were inside, most of them sleeping.

Many were woken by neighbours, or shouts from below, and fled the building. Fire crews rescued 65 adults and children, but some stayed in their homes, trapped by smoke and flames.

On Thursday morning, Fire Commissioner Ms Cotton said a brief search of all floors in the tower had been carried out but the severity of the fire and amount of debris meant a thorough search would be “difficult and painstaking”.

The building is to be shored up before more thorough work can begin inside.

The cause of the fire, which took more than 24 hours to bring under control, remains unknown.

Dozens of people left homeless spent the night in makeshift rescue centres, as well-wishers signed a wall of condolence near the site.

London-born singer Adele and her husband visited the scene on Wednesday evening, and was seen comforting people. Singer Rita Ora also pitched in, helping to sort donations outside the tower.

Photographs and messages in English and Arabic have been left for loved ones.
Alongside them are words of anger and calls for justice, with people saying their safety concerns were not listened to.

The local authority – Kensington and Chelsea council – said 44 households had been placed in emergency accommodation so far.
Through the night, people donated food, clothes and blankets for those left without homes.

By early morning some volunteers said they were overwhelmed with donations and were turning people and vans away.

One volunteer, Bhupinder Singh, said: “It is times like this that the best of our community comes out. This is where you find out how good it is to be a Londoner.”

Source:BBC

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