London: In a unfortunate incident, fire engulfed a 24-storey block of flats in west London early on Wednesday, killing at least six people and leaving over 70 injured , in which 20 are reported to have received severe to critical injuries, many trapped dozens of residents, some of whom were seen throwing children from windows in the hope they survive the blaze reminded the 9-11 WTC terror attack.
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Mosques, gurdwaras and churches in West London have opened their doors to offer assistance to the survivors; throughout the morning at St Clement’s church, evacuated residents of Grenfell Tower and surrounding buildings gathered, many in tears. Some hugged and clung onto each other, others huddled in silence and shock.
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“The evacuees only have what they’re wearing. We need to support them with spare necessities,” said Harjinder S Kukreja in his tweet.
While St Clements Church in Treadgold St has been turned into an evacuation centre to support Grenfell Tower residents who have managed to escape the blaze.
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The Lancaster community centre was overwhelmed with donations by midday.
Volunteers ferried crates of water, food and other essentials from a stream of cars queuing outside.
Workers at the centre appealed for donations by putting posters on their gates but by noon the signs had been replaced with notices saying: “Unfortunately we cannot accept any more donations of clothes as we have no room”.
Meanwhile Local Mosques opened its doors for the affected residents to take shelter .
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One resident, Mohammed, who escaped with his family, said they were up late because of it being Ramazan so they were able to escape the building quickly after smelling smoke.
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Inside the centre, tables were piled with baby food, nappies, toiletries and sandwiches. A separate room was crammed with clothing.
“The community has really come together,” said one of the centre’s
workers. “Local businesses are donating money and supplies. The response is amazing.”
It is believed that Muslims in the building, up at 1:00 AM due to Ramazan, acted as lifesavers, alerting other residents sand helping people to get out of the burning building.
We are ready to bulk supply food and toiletries to any local organisation supporting ppl affected by #GreenfellTower tragedy
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The fire is believed to have broken out on the second floor of the tower block housing 120 flats over 20 residential levels and four community levels and had soon engulfed the entire building.
A leading fire safety official has told the Guardian that his organisation has warned ministers for years that building regulations connected to fire needed to be improved, but that reviews were repeatedly delayed.
Dr Jim Glocking, technical director of the Fire Protection Association (FPA), an industry body which carries out tests on fire safety issues, among other things, said a major issues was that insulation underneath cladding on the outside of tower blocks did not need to be fireproof.