Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Queen offers prayers for families and tribute to rescuers at Grenfell Tower


London fire commissioner Dany Cotton said on Thursday morning that firefighters had done a brief search of all 24 floors but were not yet able to make a thorough search of the tower block.

A baby flung by a terrified woman from the ninth or tenth floor was caught by the public on the ground. There were other reports of adults jumping.

Missing persons posters were taped up in doorways, along with offers of help, including from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who offered free food at one of his nearby restaurants. "However we do anticipate that on some of upper floors there may still be people involved in there".

Cotton said structural surveyors and urban search and rescue specialists would inspect the building on Thursday and once it was declared safe a full search would take place.

The cause of the fire was not clear. The housing block, built in 1974, was recently upgraded, with work finishing in May 2016, according to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Cladding was added during the recent renovations.

Khan said the advice would be looked into.

Authorities have confirmed 12 deaths, but have said that figure would rise.

'We do believe that that number will sadly increase'.

Baby tossed from 10th-story window during London fire caught by man
Twenty people are fighting for their lives in a critical condition with 78 people taken to six different hospitals across London . Adele was going around and hugging everyone she could to comfort them ", another user said.

Prime Minister Theresa May promised there would be a proper investigation into the disaster, which delayed her talks on trying to secure a parliamentary deal to stay in power and launch talks on Britain's exit from the European Union.

"I anticipate that London Fire Brigade will be on scene here for many days to come, working with our partners to ensure that we do the best for the people who are waiting for news of their loved ones". A witness told Reuters she feared not all the residents had escaped the fire.

"The scene that I was confronted with was an unparalleled scene to anything I had seen before".

"I grabbed a little girl, grabbed my girlfriend, run out of the house just in a pair of boxer shorts and a dressing gown", Paramasivan said.

"It appears that the external cladding has significantly contributed to the spread of fire", said Angus Law from the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.

More than £1 million has been raised to help those affected by the fire, while volunteers and charities helped feed and shelter people who could not return to their homes overnight.

St. Clement's Notting Dale, a church near the tower, has turned into an informal center for people searching for friends and family.

Community centers in London have been overwhelmed by the number of donations flooding in for those left homeless by a high-rise apartment building fire.

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