Wednesday, June 14, 2017

At Least Six Die in Grenfell Tower Blaze but Death Toll Expected to Rise

At least six people have been confirmed killed in a huge fire that ripped through a west London tower block, but police expect the death toll to rise.

Up to 600 people are believed to have been inside 120 flats in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower when the blaze began. At least 50 injured people were taken to hospital - many are still missing after residents were left trapped on upper floors as flames tore rapidly up the building.

Residents who escaped spoke of others trapped and screaming for help, with some throwing children from windows and others jump from upper floors. Some were reported to have attempted to use bin bags as makeshift parachutes, The Telegraph reported.

Pictures showed flames engulfing the block and a plume of smoke visible across the capital, while others showed desperate residents looking out of windows in the block.

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