Update: Several people killed and over 50 injured in Grenfell Tower fire
several people were killed in the Grenfell Tower fire that broke out late Tuesday night.
According to reports, approximately 50 people are in hospital after the fire raged through the night. While the Fire department stated that the 24-storey block, now smoking ruins, may collapse as eyewitnesses have described watching debris falling from the building, and hearing explosions and breaking glass
Eyewitnesses also said that they saw lights - thought to be mobile phones or torches - flashing at the top of the block of flats, and trapped residents coming to their windows - some holding children.
According to an eyewitness who was quoted by the BBC: stated that he was alerted by people on the street and did not hear the fire alarm.
"The police keep pushing back their cordons, pushing back members of the public for fear the building might collapse," he said.
Meanwhile, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has not answered any questions and has said questions will need to be answered over the safety of tower blocks. Matt Wrack, of the Fire Brigades Union said something had clearly gone badly wrong with fire prevention procedures at the building. Firefighters would normally fight a fire in a tower block from the inside, going up the fire escape, and fighting using the internal dry-rising mains, he said, but that's not been possible in this case.
"Several hundred" people would have been in the block when the fire broke out, leader of Kensington and Chelsea Borough Nick Paget-Brown said.
The Oslo Times International News Network