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Multiple people killed and at least 50 transported to nearby hospitals after a large fire broke out in a high-rise apartment building in West London early on Wednesday, June 14.

London’s Metropolitan Police Service were called to the scene at 1:16 a.m. local time (0016 GMT) after reports of a fire at the Grenfell Towers building in North Kensington.

Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said on Monday, June 19 that 79 people are confirmed dead and identified or remain missing and are presumed dead. He said some victims may never be positively identified.

The death toll may rise as people remain missing after the fire.

“This is an unprecedented incident. In my 29 years of being a firefighter I have never ever seen anything of this scale. Firefighters are working very hard at the moment.

This is a major fire that effected all floors of this 24 storey building from the second floor upwards. I have over 200 of my firefighters and officers attending this incident, with 40 fire engines and a range of specialist vehicles, including 14 fire rescue units.

We declared this a major incident very early this morning … the first call coming in at 12.54. Our first fire engines were on the scene in under six minutes … 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. It would clearly be wrong for me to speculate further.”

London fire commissioner Dany Cotton

London Ambulance Service confirmed that 50 patients had been taken to five London hospitals. Police said they “a number of people” were treated for a range of injuries, including smoke inhalation.

More than 20 ambulance crews were dispatched along with a hazardous response team and air and ambulance services. London Fire Brigade said over 200 firefighters and 40 engines were called to the scene.

London Fire Brigade commissioner Dany Cotton said the investigation will likely take weeks.

Around 600 people are believed to have lived in the building, which has 120 flats on 20 floors, according to a 2012 planning application filed with the borough.

Multiple eyewitness reports, including reporters on the scene, suggested people were trapped inside the building. Witnesses told BBC they saw residents at the tower windows with mobile phones and torches, and some were holding children.

London Fire Brigade said it rescued 65 people from the building.

Recent renovation

London fire officials said the fire broke out on the second floor and spread to the top of the 24-storey tower.

The Metro newspaper reported that Grenfell Tower was refurbished last year, and one resident told LBC radio “the real issue” was new exterior cladding had caught fire.

Prior to the refurbishment, a number of residents calling themselves the Grenfell Action Group wrote about concerns “that the new improvement works to Grenfell Tower have turned our building into a fire trap.”

In an August 2014 blog post, the group wrote to London Fire Brigade inspector Ben Dewis:

“There is only one entry and exit to the tower block itself and, in the event of a fire, the LFB could only gain access to the entrance to the building by climbing four flights of narrow stairs.

Residents of Grenfell Tower do not have any confidence that our building has been satisfactorily assessed to cope with the new improvement works and we are seeking a meeting with the Chief Fire Officer from Kensington Fire Station so that these concerns can be addressed.”

Grenfell Action Group blog post

Rydon, the construction firm that did the refurbishment, said on Wednesday that it met all building control, fire regulation and health and safety standards:

“We are shocked to hear of the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower and our immediate thoughts are with those that have been affected by the incident, their families, relatives and friends.

Rydon completed a refurbishment of the building in the summer of 2016 for KCTMO (Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation) on behalf of the Council, which met all required building control, fire regulation and health & safety standards.  We will cooperate with the relevant authorities and emergency services and fully support their enquiries into the causes of this fire at the appropriate time.”

Police have launched a criminal investigation, and Cundy said on June 19 that they will consider “all criminal offenses that may have been committed by any individual.”


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Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy: Some of the victims may never be positively identified

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Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy: Our search and recovery operation will take many weeks

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Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy: We will be looking at all criminal offenses that may have been committed by any individual

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Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy: The investigation will look at how the building was constructed, managed and maintained, and a number of other measures including fire safety

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Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy: Police and firefighters continue to search Grenfell tower for the victims

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Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy: Police believe 79 people are dead or assumed dead

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Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy: Nothing to suggest the fire was set deliberately

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Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy: 24 people remain in hospital, 12 of whom are in critical care

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Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy: “A number of those bodies sadly remain here in Grenfell tower.”

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Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy: “We know that at least 30 people have died as a result of this fire.” That includes one person who died in hospital.

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Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said an investigation has been launched into the fire.

“I am not sitting here and saying there are criminal offenses that have been committed, that’s why you do an investigation,” he added.

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London Fire Brigade commissioner Dany Cotton: The investigation will take weeks

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London Fire Brigade commissioner Dany Cotton: We have identified a number of people who are still in the building

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Met Police Commander Stuart Cundy: There is nothing to suggest this has anything to do with terrorism.

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Met Police Commander Stuart Cundy: 17 people are confirmed dead, with the number expected to rise

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London Fire Brigade commissioner Dany Cotton: I anticipate firefighters will be here for many days to come.

Joanne June 15, 20174:49 am

The 43-year old man was arrested around 6 p.m. on Wednesday on suspicion of sending malicious communications and obstructing a coroner.

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London fire commissioner Dany Cotton: Some firefighters suffered minor injuries, such as smoke inhalation, cuts and burns.

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London Fire Brigade commissioner Dany Cotton: “We are completely unaware at the moment” of how many people are still inside the building.

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Joanne June 14, 20176:49 am

Statement from Rydon, the company that completed the refurbishment:

“We are shocked to hear of the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower and our immediate thoughts are with those that have been affected by the incident, their families, relatives and friends.
Rydon completed a refurbishment of the building in the summer of 2016 for KCTMO (Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation) on behalf of the Council, which met all required building control, fire regulation and health & safety standards. We will cooperate with the relevant authorities and emergency services and fully support their enquiries into the causes of this fire at the appropriate time.
Given the ongoing nature of the incident and the tragic events overnight, it would be inappropriate for us to speculate or comment further at this stage.”
Joanne June 14, 20176:48 am

Statement from Rydon, the company that completed the refurbishment:

“We are shocked to hear of the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower and our immediate thoughts are with those that have been affected by the incident, their families, relatives and friends.

Rydon completed a refurbishment of the building in the summer of 2016 for KCTMO (Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation) on behalf of the Council, which met all required building control, fire regulation and health & safety standards. We will cooperate with the relevant authorities and emergency services and fully support their enquiries into the causes of this fire at the appropriate time.

Given the ongoing nature of the incident and the tragic events overnight, it would be inappropriate for us to speculate or comment further at this stage.”

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Construction firm Rydon completed a refurbishment of GrenfellTower in 2016

Joanne June 14, 20175:59 am

London’s Metropolitan Police confirm six fatalities in the fire, and say they expect the figure to rise.

Full police statement

Commander Stuart Cundy, from the Metropolitan Police, said:

“Our thoughts are with everyone involved in this truly shocking fire at Grenfell Tower.

I can confirm six fatalities at this time but this figure is likely to rise during what will be a complex recovery operation over a number of days. Many others are receiving medical care.

If you do have any concerns for anybody connected to this awful event, please call the Casualty Bureau on 0800 0961 233. If you do not get through immediately, please try again. If you have any concerns, please use that number rather than dialling 999 or 101.

If you are a resident who has been evacuated from the area and can’t now get home the current reception centre being coordinated by the local authority is at the Portobello Rugby club at Walmer Road. We urge anyone who lived in the block to make themselves known at that centre so that we know they are safe. If you are unable to get to the centre please speak to a police officer. This is really important as we account for all those in the building.

Equally if you have reported someone missing and they are now safe and well it is really important that you contact Casualty Bureau so that we can keep an accurate record of who is missing and who is safe.”

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