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Residential tower in London catches fire, many dead, injured rushed to hospitals

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Residential Tower in London on Fire

At least 12 people died on Wednesday when Grenfell Residential Tower became engulfed in flames in a fire described by London’s Fire Commissioner as “completely unprecedented”.

Witnesses reported seeing a baby thrown out a window to safety to avoid the horror inside. As many gathered outside evacuation centres to await news of loved ones, they reported people following official advice to stay inside, unaware of the true extent of the danger unfolding.

One resident who said he and his neighbours had complained about the building’s safety for years said he considered the disaster “mass murder” as expert are focus on the building’s external cladding, fitted only a year ago, that could have turned the tower into a death trap.

Local media is reporting “nobody on the top three floors survived”, crediting the claim to a local community leader.

Wednesday brought along death for a number of people as a 27-story residential tower in London when fire took all over.

The London Fire Brigade had sent 40 vehicles to the scene when flames were reported. However, many were dead and injured till then. Around 30 patients were transported to five local hospitals.

One resident of the area, Ousama Itani, shared, “We saw apartment after apartment getting lit up into flames.” London Mayor Sadiq Khan also tweeted on the incident. He tweeted, “Major incident declared at Grenfell Tower in Kensington. 40 fire engines & 200 firefighters at the scene – follow @LondonFire for updates.”

The apartment was built back in the 1970’s and all the residents were given a “stay put” policy in an event of fire. They were asked to keep their windows and doors shut till the fire brigade arrives.

Many people around started posting pictures and videos from the site. Here are some of them:

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