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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Grenfell Tower Fire in London - Hundreds Feared Dead

Nobody left in the London tower block which was engulfed in flames in minutes on Tuesday night June 13,2017  is still alive, fire crews have said.

Rescuers say there are still 'unknown numbers' of people dead inside, but at the moment it is too risky to try to recover them from the upper floors of the fire-ravaged and unstable Grenfell Tower.

The official death toll stands at 17 this morning, but that number is expected to rise significantly when the bodies of all of those inside have been recovered.
Seventy eight people were taken to hospital, with 18 fighting for lives in critical condition, after around 600 residents desperately tried to escape the flames that broke out at around 1am on Wednesday June 14,2017

London Labour MP David Lammy today labelled the fire 'corporate manslaughter' and called for arrests to be made.

He said of a missing friend of his: 'We hope and pray that she is amongst them (in hospital) and not perished in that building as I suspect hundreds will have done by the end of this count.' 

Prime Minister Theresa May, who visited the site today, has ordered a full public inquiry into the disaster.

London fire chief Dany Cotton said full searches of the upper floors, where no one is said to have survived, are yet to be carried out. Parts of it will need to be shored up before rescue workers can enter.

She told  'Tragically now we are not expecting to find anyone else alive. The severity and the heat of the fire would mean it is an absolute miracle for anyone to be left alive.'

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