Seems to me like the UK can’t keep their head up with these accidents. The latest one is the Grenfell Tower, located in the district of North Kensington in West London, catching fire on June 13th 2017, but people are staying strong.
‘There is a number available for anyone who is at all worried about their loved ones or friends or family,’ says Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London.
In the early hours of the morning, Grenfell Tower was engulfed in flames, and hundreds of firefighters rushed to the scene to kill it off and rescue whatever residents they could from the burning building.
At least 50 people were admitted to five hospitals in London, and the fire brigade told the UK media that there have been quite a few fatalities, although a concrete number hasn’t been stated yet.
The Mayor of London advised friends and family to call an emergency hotline set up by the Metropolitan Police on 0800 096 1233.
“There is a number available for anyone who is at all worried about their loved ones or friends or family,” Mr Khan told Radio 4’s Today programme.
“If you are worried please feel free to ring the number. It’s manned by professional staff and they’ve got records of who they know is accounted for and can take your details and ring you back if there is anybody that you’re worried about.”
Met Police warned Londoners they should avoid the area near the fire, which happened on Latimer Road, near Notting Hill.
Met Police Commander, Stuart Cundy, said: “Anyone who is concerned about loved ones in relation to the fire should contact Casualty Bureau which has been opened following the fire. If you do not get through immediately please do try again.”
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He added: “The A40 is closed in both directions. We kindly ask that the public stay away from the area.”
Chef Jamie Oliver announced he’ll be providing free food, drink and shelter to all victims at his restaurant Jamie’s Italian in the Westfield mall near the vicinity of Grenfell Tower.
Writing in a post in Instagram, the chef and campaigner said: “To any of the hundreds of FAMILIES affected by this terrible fire at Grenfell Tower Notting hill today, You are all welcome to come hang out in my restaurant and be fed and watered by my Jamies Italian team.
“We are in the Westfield just around the corner. Food and drink free of charge, so just go and speak to my manager Juan and we will sort you out and give you some love …. This is for victims of the fire. Our thoughts, love and prayers are with you all. Big love Jamie x x x x.”
Nearby mosques and churches have opened their doors to offer help to those affected by the blaze. Residents have rallied together to urge people to donate clothing, toiletries, toys and spare clothes to St Clements Church, W11 4EQ, and other places in the near vicinity.
— Harjinder S Kukreja (@SinghLions) June 14, 2017
Local resident Jade Ellis delivered water to a church where some of the survivors from Grenfell Tower are being looked after.
— Victoria Derbyshire (@vicderbyshire) June 14, 2017
Witnesses described the terrifying atmosphere during the fire. Residents could be heard screaming and shouting for help as the fire creeped up the higher floors.
Dany Cotton, the London Fire Brigade commissioner, told the UK media: “This is an unprecedented incident. In my 29 years of being a firefighter, I have never ever seen anything of this scale.”
She added: “At this time I am very sad to confirm that there have been a number of fatalities. I cannot confirm the number at this time due to the size and complexity of this building, and it would clearly be wrong for me to speculate further.”