Grenfell Tower in North Kensington is on fire

Discussion in 'UK politics, current affairs and news' started by JTG, Jun 14, 2017.

  1. JTG

    JTG Angry about not being able to be an astronaut.

    Looks absolutely horrendous. Been going since around 1am, whole tower is ablaze from the second floor to the 24th (top floor)

    Reports of many people trapped.
     
  2. JTG

    JTG Angry about not being able to be an astronaut.

    200 firefighters and 40 engines on scene. Eyewitness reports telling of people trying to attract attention with mobile phone torches from their windows. Around 120 homes in the building apparently
     
  3. JTG

    JTG Angry about not being able to be an astronaut.

    Streets around the area have been sealed off and homes evacuated. No known cause so far. Multiple people being treated for a range of injuries.

    All the above from Graun, on phone so linking is a pain
     
  4. Calamity1971

    Calamity1971 If Mr Peanut says It's okay, then it is.

    Shit! Just seen it on news :(.
    2am it started apparently?
     
  5. maomao

    maomao 四月她爹

    Just seen this myself. It'll be a miracle if there aren't scores dead. The entire block's razed to the ground by the look of it.
     
  6. JTG

    JTG Angry about not being able to be an astronaut.

    Graun is saying fire brigade called at 12:50 I think
     
  7. JTG

    JTG Angry about not being able to be an astronaut.

    People trapped is unconfirmed by LFB or the Met btw.
     
  8. yardbird

    yardbird Understands love.

    Shit. Just seen a jumper.
     
  9. phillm

    phillm Trolling through Life (TM)

    Terrible news - many ambulances called very few seen leaving the scene. Recently refurbed with 'cladding'.

    Grenfell Tower |
     
  10. JTG

    JTG Angry about not being able to be an astronaut.

    Major incident declared
     
  11. october_lost

    october_lost It's not hip any more...

    Really, really grim. Hope firefighters can save as many as possible.
     
  12. EastEnder

    EastEnder Brixton Barnacle

    Holy shit, looks really bad...:(
     
  13. MrSki

    MrSki Who am I to say you're wrong

    Fuck. RIP those poor people.
     
  14. JTG

    JTG Angry about not being able to be an astronaut.

    Graun reporting people still trapped and visible at windows. Police are advising anybody inside to cover their faces with a wet towel and get out by any means, not to wait for fire brigade

    Tower had undergone a major refurbishment completed in May last year
     
  15. Calamity1971

    Calamity1971 If Mr Peanut says It's okay, then it is.

    My brain can't handle this shit. If this is landlord health and safety fault, get the fuckers against a wall.
     
  16. JTG

    JTG Angry about not being able to be an astronaut.

    LAS have tweeted they were called at 1:29 and have over 20 crews at the scene including the hazardous area response team
     
  17. EastEnder

    EastEnder Brixton Barnacle

  18. JTG

    JTG Angry about not being able to be an astronaut.

    Nearby homes still being evacuated - Barandon Walk & Tesserton Walk according to Graun. Falling debris is making emergency services' job even more hazardous
     
  19. MrSki

    MrSki Who am I to say you're wrong

    How can anyone else survive? Just hope most of the residents managed to get out.

    Surely the building must collapse.
     
  20. Lurdan

    Lurdan old wave

    Utterly awful.

    Grenfell Tower is managed by the Kensington and Chelsea TMO, the Council's ALMO.

    The refurbishment wasn't very popular with the tenants. From June last year - RBKC Cover-up at Grenfell Tower - Grenfell Action Group blog
     
  21. Tony_LeaS

    Tony_LeaS Well-Known Member

    LBC just reported that the residents association of the building warned the landlords/owners of fire safety in a blog post.

    KCTMO – Playing with fire! - Article referred to, not sure if I can post here so do remove if applicable.
     
  22. Calamity1971

    Calamity1971 If Mr Peanut says It's okay, then it is.

  23. JTG

    JTG Angry about not being able to be an astronaut.

    Obviously cause yet to be determined but those blog posts don't look good for RBKC
     
  24. MrSki

    MrSki Who am I to say you're wrong

    [​IMG]
    :(:(:(

    Probable death toll in the hundreds.
     
  25. JTG

    JTG Angry about not being able to be an astronaut.

    A40 closed in both directions, police asking people to avoid area to allow emergency services to access scene
     
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  26. xsunnysuex

    xsunnysuex Life is a horizontal fall.

    Fucking hell. Sky news just said someone had to leave their disabled family in there cause she couldn't get them out.
    This is horrendous.....
     
  27. Ted Striker

    Ted Striker Foot's on the other hand

    Fuck :( This is less than half a mile from my old flat. The poor community :(

    The TMO are the biggest wankers going. Don't really want to attribute this to a failing of theirs yet but no-one has a good word to say about them locally.
     
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  28. MrSki

    MrSki Who am I to say you're wrong

     
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  29. Lurdan

    Lurdan old wave

    Apparently since that November blog post the TMO had put up fire safety notices in the building

    [​IMG]

    KCTMO – Feeling the Heat! - Grenfell Action Group blog (March 14th)
     
  30. stethoscope

    stethoscope Well-Known Member

    Fuck! I've never seen a block fire of that magnitude. Looking at photos it seems to have ripped all the way through the centre.

    Poor people trapped up in that, and at the very least losing their homes :(
     

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