"The Fire Destroyed Everything, We Saw Them Dying": Inferno Engulfs London Apartment Tower; At Least 6 Dead

At least six are dead and more than 64 injured, 20 of them critically, after a catastrophic fire at the 24-story Grenfell Tower in the Kensington area of London. A witness told Reuters she feared not all the residents had escaped the fire. Some were evacuated in their pyjamas.

As Reuters described the inferno, flames licked up the sides of the block in the north Kensington area as 200 firefighters, backed up by 40 fire engines, fought the blaze for hours. Plumes of black and gray smoke billowed high into the air over the British capital hours after the blaze broke out at the Grenfell Tower where several hundred people live.

"I looked through the spy hole and I could see smoke everywhere and the neighbors are all there. There's a fireman shouting 'get down the stairs'," one of the block's residents, Michael Paramasivan, told BBC radio. "It was an inferno."

Residents rushed to escape through smoke-filled corridors in the housing block after being woken up by the smell of burning. Some said no fire alarm sounded. Witnesses said they saw trapped residents desperately shouting for help from windows on upper floors as flames enveloped the building.

"As we went past the fourth floor it was completely thick black smoke. As we’ve gone outside I’m looking up at the block and it was just going up. It was like pyrotechnics. It was just unbelievable how quick it was burning."

London Fire Brigade said the fire engulfed all floors from the second to the top of the block which contained 130 apartments.

"In my 29 years of being a fire fighter, I have never ever seen anything of this scale," London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton told reporters

In a statement released moment ago, 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.”

In an echo of a fire that engulfed a luxury tower in Dubai that occurred on New ‘ Eve in 2015, early reports suggest that the cladding material used in construction – the outer layer of covering on the building – was flammable, and allowed the flames to quickly spread to every floor of the building. 

More than 200 firefighters and dozens of fire trucks and ambulances were called to the scene, according to the Associated Press. Buildings adjacent to the Grenfell Tower were evacuated by police and firefighters over fears that the flames could spread. London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton calls the fire an “unprecedented incident” and says she has never seen anything on this scale in her 29-year career.

George Clarke, the presenter of “Amazing Spaces,” told Radio 5 Live he was covered in ash even though he was 100 meters (yards) from the scene. He said he saw people waving flashlights from the top levels of the building and saw rescuers “doing an incredible job” trying to get people out.

Authorities fully expect that the number of casualties will rise.

The fire erupted around midnight, and burned for more than nine hours.

At least one group has been warning about potential vulnerabilities at the high-rise. The Grenfell Action Group, a community organization formed to oppose a nearby redevelopment project, has been warning about the risk of fire there since 2013, the AP reported. The group says on its blog that it has raised concerns about testing and maintenance of firefighting equipment and blocked emergency access to the site.

After the fire, the group posted: "All our warnings fell on deaf ears and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable and just a matter of time."

While the police have said the cause of the fire is not yet known, a few theories have emerged:

Among the safety issues highlighted by the Grenfell group was faulty wiring, which they said neraly caused a disaster four years ago.

In a blog post on November 20 the group said: "The Grenfell Action Group believe that the KCTMO narrowly averted a major fire disaster at Grenfell Tower in 2013 when residents experienced a period of terrifying power surges that were subsequently found to have been caused by faulty wiring," according to the Telegraph.

Witnesses described hearing one distressed resident apparently telling neighbours his faulty fridge caused the blaze.

Samira Lamrani, 38, who lives on nearby Hurstway Walk, told the Press Association: "When I arrived on the scene he (the resident) was amongst the people that were standing there.

"He was just beside himself. He was just as surprised at how quickly the fire spread as anybody else.

"I could hear him saying that he contacted the emergency services immediately and they reassured him everything would be under control within a short period of time, and obviously it wasn't."

Lamrani also told Britain's Press Association that she saw a member of the public catch a baby that was dropped from the burning tower block in west London.

Lamrani said she saw a woman try to save the baby by dropping it from a window “on the ninth or 10th floor.”

She says “people were starting to appear at the windows, frantically banging and screaming. The windows were slightly ajar, a woman was gesturing that she was about to throw her baby and if somebody could catch her baby. “Somebody did, a gentleman ran forward and managed to grab the baby.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan says questions need to be answered about tower blocks around the city following a devastating fire. Khan had been called to respond after reports that people had been advised in advance to remain in their flats in the event of fire. Khan says in a statement “there will be a great many questions over the coming days as to the cause of this tragedy and I want to reassure Londoners that we will get all the answers.”

The Guardian reported that residents repeatedly warned about the fire risk.

Michael Paramasivan, 37, a builder, lives on the seventh floor of the tower and managed to escape along with two roommates who escaped with him.

“I’ve lost absolutely everything,” he told the Guardian. “The most chilling moment was when I suddenly realised it was a fire.

“Between 1am and 1.30am, I was dozing in and out of sleep. I then smelled something. I got up and looked around to see if it was an electrical fault but there was nothing. Then I looked through the spyhole. There was smoke and people running past. We just ran straight out down the stairs.”

Paramasivan said the material on the outside of the building went up in flames rapidly. “It just went up like that,” he said, gesturing wildly. “There’s no fire alarms in the corridors, no sprinklers, nothing. There’s only smoke detectors in the flat and they didn’t go off.”

A live feed from the scene courtesy of RT


Slack Jack svayambhu108 Wed, 06/14/2017 - 07:37 Permalink

Looks like 9/11 to me.

When is it going to fall down?????

Looks like 9/11 to me.

When is it going to fall down?????

So, why is the global rise in temperatures so worrisome?

For one thing, as temperatures rise good farmland will become desert (e.g., dust-bowl conditions will probably return to the American Midwest).

Another major problem is sea-level rise.

Have a look at http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/fs2-00/

The U.S. Geological Survey people claim that;

The Greenland ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 6.55 meters (21.5 feet),
the West Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 8.06 meters (26.4 feet),
the East Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 64.8 meters (212.6 feet),
and all other ice melting will raise sea-level 0.91 meters (3 feet).

For a grand total of 80.32 meters (263.5 feet).

So, what does an 80 meter (263 feet) rise in sea-level mean. Have a look at the following map of the world after an 80 meter rise. It means that over one billion people will have to be resettled to higher ground and that much of the most productive agricultural land will be under water. Fortunately, at current rates, the Greenland ice sheet will take over a thousand years to melt and the Antarctica ice sheet, much longer. However, the greater the temperature rise the faster the ice sheets will melt, bringing the problem much closer. Remember, the huge ice sheet that recently covered much of North America, almost completely melted in only 15,000 years (today, only the Greenland ice sheet, and some other small patches of it, remain). Since then (15,000 years ago), sea-levels have risen about 125 meters (410 feet), only 80 meters to go.

For HUGE detailed maps of the "World after the Melt" go to:


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bamawatson Drimble Wedge Wed, 06/14/2017 - 07:56 Permalink

Contract Name: Grenfell TowerContract Value: £8.7 millionContract Period: 66 weeksClient: KCTMO LimitedRydon delivered an £8.6m upgrade to the 24-storey Grenfell Tower as part of a £57m borough-wide regeneration in Kensington & Chelsea, London.Located in the Lancaster West Estate in North Kensington, the project on the 1970s-built tower has delivered a number of improvements, with residents still in occupation, to the community facilities and energy efficiency of the building. Additional new homes have also been created using vacant space.Externally, rain screen cladding, curtain wall façade and replacement windows were fitted, improving thermal insulation and modernising the exterior of the building.Internally, lower floor space was remodelled to incorporate extra new homes as well as a nursery, which was relocated from another part of the building. A completely new heating system was installed, which contributes to reducing living costs of residents.Resident liaison is an important part of this redevelopment and residents were actively consulted as the project progressedRydon achievied a BREEAM rating and secured eco funding from KCTMO. You can view the webcam of the tower here.

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BorisTheBlade bamawatson Wed, 06/14/2017 - 10:28 Permalink

Well. Look at it this way. After the fire building does not consume any electricity or water, subject to extinguishing the fire of course, but it will not emit any greenhouse gases either. And since it did not collapse into its own footprint following 700+C temperatures, it can certainly structurally support itself: i.e. self-sustainable. BREEAM rating is therefore justified.PS. Sick jokes aside, RIP to all who lost their lives. It is usually the weakest who end up paying the price.

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CNONC bamawatson Wed, 06/14/2017 - 10:29 Permalink

I want to know what external cladding material was used. There have been 3 or 4 similar fires in the Gulf countries recently, including the New Years Eve fire in Dubai, that were caused by external cladding catching fire. As the fire propagates on the outside of the building, it bypasses all the safety systems meant to isolate and slow the fire.  Is there a common factor in the type of cladding used?  What standard are they testing the material to?   

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Endgame Napoleon bamawatson Wed, 06/14/2017 - 11:05 Permalink

This may have nothing to do with it. This fire chief may be wonderfully competent and hard-working, but it sounds like there was a female fire chief, as there was in a recent "incident" in CA--a horrific fire that killed about 40 people.

Anywhere you work, top administrators are supposed to set a tone where employees know that, even when they have reproduced, they still need to put in the hours to ensure safety or, in other jobs, to generate sales or respond effectively to customer/tenant complaints, *warnings,* etc. Most (or a large percentage) don't when the family-friendly, absenteeism-backwatching, momma-backscratching cliques prevail.

Fake feminists have made sure that today's jobs are mostly about family-friendly" workplace "cultures," when they are not hip, youth-clique cultures minority-clique cultures, etc.

It is always about the "work culture" and whether or not you are a "culture fit," and ALMOST NEVER about the customers or even, amazingly, the number of sales in jobs where that is supposedly the standard. That always floors me in businesses, as opposed to the government jobs.

Building inspectors are paid an absolute ton in CA. They make three times what I was paid as a college grad in a state job, yet this building that caught on fire in CA, resulting in close to 40 horrible deaths, had not been inspected in.......forever. In that case, there had been a series of complaints, too, like in this London case.

Property management companies that are privately owned are often staffed and managed by women. Sometimes, the staff is all young, pre-childbearing. hip women, and sometimes, the momma-absenteeism, backscratching clique reigns.

Where I live, these jobs, like all office jobs, pay very little--between $9/hr -- $12/hr. It is hard for people who must pay all of their bills on the wages alone, not on a combination of wages and spousal income, wages and child support or wages and welfare/taxfare for reproducing while single, to work these jobs. Rent consumes half of your pay. You get no welfare or taxfare. But many young, pre-childbearing women, living with parents or boyfriends, work these jobs, as do many moms with welfare/taxfare or spousal income and very liberal momma-absenteeism privileges.

More men are taking the family-friendly, absenteeism-clique approach to management, emulating the manager mommas. Busy working parents can take whole mornings, whole afternoons, whole days and whole weeks off with no repercussions. I have seen TONS of workplaces like that, with only one momma fired for it, but that absenteeism was extreme: all-day, every-day absenteeism in a higher-paying position.

They will fire anyone else for ANYTHING, including those who conscientiously come to work everyday, stay all day and meet the quotas every month due to busting their a*****, working much harder in cases where they are keeping the numbers up in high-volume settings during the protracted absences of busy working parents.

Yet, the absentee crowd are always the first to complain about trivialities among the employees who do their work for them when they are gone, citing baby. And we do not know at all that baby is behind all of the absenteeism. Kid yourselves not: grandbaby-fever grandparents do a TON of the childcare, not just during work hours, but during the frequent and lengthy vacations that many of these busy working parents take.

They get away with it when they have reproduced. People who have not reproduced, and who never miss a day, are often not granted leniency for even 5 minutes.

All of this family-friendly, excused absenteeism matters when there are only so many minutes in the day to check things, to double check things to ensure safety, to generate sales and to retain accounts.

In cases where the mommy employee leaves at 2:30 every day although phones are ringing off the hook with paying customers, with momma manager always condoning it, you can bet that work tasks pertaining to safety also fall below her personal life, especially when she also frequently takes weeks off for baby travel soccer, etc.

Backscratching mom cliques (and a few dads) ensure that employees who have reproduced can put their personal lives ahead of customers and the job duties if they want to. It is an unofficial crony union and a crony HR system, too.

A few parent employees do not do that, of course. But most do to varying degrees; the workplace atmosphere encourages it in most cases. These crony parents also ensure that hiring and retention revolves around family composition in most cases, resulting in whole, large-scale government and corporate workplaces composed of all or almost-all backscratching moms.

This starts in the interviews, where family composition is almost always brought up. They would find a way around it even if they did not interview applicants by saying "YOU just don't know what it is like to raise two boys." "We have 17 women (mommas) in here and HAVE to have someone who fits in." Or, they get up and leave at 3:00 -- mid-interview -- to get ready for a night out, as "busy working moms never get a night out."

Which is typical behavior for the clique-member employees, too, when working these jobs.

Many people who would actually be in their seats all day long, cold calling to generate new business, waiting on a flood of customers to retain business or out checking and double checking things to avert catastrophes in jobs where safety is concerned, are never hired due to the fact that only moms or parents "need" a job. Parents "need" the money.

In truth, moms are the ones with access to monthly welfare and Child Tax Credits up to $6,269 that covers their major bills, or they often have a child support check or a spousal income sufficient to ensure a middle-class lifestyle. They are still the ones who are usually hired/retained for these jobs. They "need" the money.

Everything is about keeping up PC appearances. Workplaces are alnost never about the work, but are about keeping up the feminist narrative of the "working family" and the "working career mom."

In the case of traditionally male professions, i.e. jobs that (in truth) require a lot of physical strength, women are often in charge or given the powerful, high-paying positions.

Some of those women deserve it. There are some individual women who are exceptional in every male-dominated field. But fake feminism is not always efficient. The customers, the tenants, etc. are often put FAR beneath the fake-feminist narrative and accompanying the self indulgences of "working families' in many cases.

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hannah Endgame Napoleon Wed, 06/14/2017 - 11:49 Permalink

'In the case of traditionally male professions, i.e. jobs that (in truth) require a lot of physical strength, women are often in charge or given the powerful, high-paying positions.Some of those women deserve it.'.....BULLSHIT...IF YOU DIDNT 'COME UP THRU THE RANKS' IN ANY PROFESSION...YOU DONT HAVE ACTUAL REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE. affirmative action jobs. look at the world now. utter crap everywhere.........

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alt-center Slack Jack Wed, 06/14/2017 - 09:26 Permalink

In 1982 my father bought a second floor seaside condo and all of his friends were making fun of him.I still remember them laughing at him what a fool he was not knowing the sea would be at our second foor level within ten years.35 years later the sea is still at the same spot as it was when I was a kid.BTW didn't you catch the update: Global Warming isn't in anymore...

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BorisTheBlade alt-center Wed, 06/14/2017 - 10:41 Permalink

Global Warming was rebranded, it is now Climate Change.Russians are upset Global Warming ain't happening since it's the first time this year that 9th of May military parade airshow was cancelled due to heavy SNOW.Coldest 9th of May since 1945. Imagine that. And without global tax involved. And without Al Gore crying about polar bears.

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