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Friday, June 16, 2017

Grenfell Tower Disaster ...how it unfolded (Pictures and Videos)

Smoke rises from the building after a huge fire engulfed the 24 storey Grenfell Tower
The single, most horrifying event happened some minutes past midnight last Wednesday morning. It was the Grenfell Tower fire disaster. The high-rise building (24-storey) did not just go up in flames,  but the fire moved through almost all of the apartment blocks and flats at a never-before seen fire speed.

The Grenfell Tower was home to around 600 people – whole families still remain missing after the fire, which forced residents to flee through black smoke down the single stairwell, jump out of windows or even drop their children to safety. Of the 17 victims found by emergency services so far, 6 were outside the tower, while it has not yet been deemed safe enough to recover the 11 bodies found inside.  
The charred remains of the Grenfell tower
How the Disaster Unfolded: 
(All times GMT, Nigeria time +1)

*12.50am, Wednesday - Maryam Adam, 41, is awoken by her neighbour who says his fourth-floor flat is on fire. 
*12.54am - The first of "multiple" emergency calls is made to the London Fire Brigade. 
*1am - The first fire crews arrive on the scene and were faced with a "rapidly developing and incredibly complex" fire at the 24-storey building. 
*1.16am - Police are called to the scene at the Lancaster West Estate and begin an evacuation procedure. Officers confirm "a number of people" are injured. 
*1.29am - London Ambulance Service is called to reports of the fire, sending 20 ambulance crews and a hazardous response team. 
*2.49am - London Fire Brigade says 200 firefighters have been called to the blaze. 
*4.43am - The sun rises in London with smoke pouring into the morning sky. Witnesses speak of throwing children from the block while others reportedly tie bedsheets together to climb down. 

*7.50am - London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton confirms there have been a "number of fatalities". 
*11.16am - Police say 6 people are known to have died but expect the figure to rise. 
*11.45am - LAS says 64 patients have been taken to hospital, with 20 in critical care. A further 10 people have made their own way to hospital. 
*11.59am - Construction firm Rydon Group, which completed a refurbishment of Grenfell Tower in 2016, says it is "shocked to hear of the devastating fire". 
*5pm - The death toll increases to 12 and police say the recovery operation will be "long and complex". 
*8.22pm - Prime Minister Theresa May says there will be a "proper investigation" following the fire, adding: "If there are any lessons to be learned they will be, and action will be taken."

Fire fighter called to active duty in an attempt to put out the fire


A pictorial representation of the Grenfell Tower 

The scene of the major fire in Notting Hill
Press the PLAY button to watch some video clips of the sad event below:






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