London Fire At Grenfell Tower, 27-Storey Residential Building, Being Fought By 200 Firefighters, 40 Fire Engines
UPDATE: 1:31 a.m. EDT, Wednesday —
Thirty people injured in the Grenfell Tower fire have been admitted to five different hospitals, London Ambulance said. Firefighters are still struggling to contain the fire that has been burning for over five hours now.
Local council leader Nick Paget-Brown has stated that the emergency services are still trying to determine how many people have been injured in the fire, CNN reported.
Former fire marshal Robert Rowe told CNN the fire appears to have been “moving very quickly,” which should not have been the case if the water sprinklers in the building had been deployed at the time that the fire broke out. He also suspected the fire sprinkler system “was out of service or there was a malfunction at the time.”
“What a fire sprinkler does, is stop it immediately, you won’t have a fire of a magnitude,” Rowe said.
One recently rescued resident of the tower, who preferred to stay anonymous, who was recently rescued, said no alarms went off as the fire started.
“I heard my neighbor’s smoke alarm go off, and thought nothing of it. Then I heard a neighbor shouting… I’m lucky to be alive – and lots of people have not got out of the building,” he said, the Guardian reported. “I’ve lost everything I own. I’m standing here in everything I’ve got.”
UPDATE: 1:08 a.m. EDT, Wednesday —
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has tweeted out saying that he is closely monitoring the situation at Grenfell Tower, a 27-storey high building that is still covered in fire and smoke.
Jody Martin, a witness at the scene, stated that he tried to help out when the first fire engine appeared on the scene by grabbing “an axe from the fire truck, it looked like there was a bit of confusion about what to do. I ran around the building looking for a fire escape and couldn’t see any noticeable fire escapes around the building.”
“I watched one person falling out, I watched another woman holding her baby out the window … hearing screams, I was telling everyone to get down and they were saying, ‘We can’t leave our apartments, the smoke is too bad on the corridors’,” he added, the Telegraph reported.
The list of services receiving people who have been evacuated from their homes is Saint Clement Church and Saint James Church, a parish covering Notting Dale, Notting Hill, North Kensington, and Holland Park.
A40 Westway between Northern Roundabout and Marylebone Road, Westminster, London has been closed in both directions due to the fire.
UPDATE: 00:32 a.m. EDT, Wednesday —
People trapped inside the Grenfell Tower, which went up in flames 1:15 am local time (8:15 p.m. EDT Tuesday), Wednesday tweeted out asking for help.
In a social media footage, shared by Celeste Thomas, who lives in the neighborhood, situation near the tower is seen filled with chaos and confusion. Thomas also stated that people could be seen walking around in night clothes, without any shoes on as they searched frantically for their family members.