Horror illuminated the night sky as a 24 story high-rise in London was enveloped mercilessly in flames. The tragic fire left 74 people injured and six dead, though that number could change as time moves on. Forty fire trucks, 20 ambulance crews, and over 200 firefighters arrived to tackle the fire, ABC News reports.
The building was known as “Grenfell Tower” and the cause of the fire is not yet known, according to police. “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,” said Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy.
Even before the burnt shell of a structure that remains has been fully calculated for stability, brave firemen entered anyhow, checking at least 20 rooms for anyone alive or dead who may have been stranded within.
This they did even though parts of the fire are yet to be extinguished and with the scorched building leaning to one side!
“This is an unprecedented incident,” London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton is quoted as saying to reporters. “In my 29 years of being a firefighter, I have never ever seen anything of this scale.”
Twenty people are in critical condition out of the 64 taken to the hospital. Ten victims drove themselves to care, which brings the number to 74, we are told.
Some were climbing down on sheets and helping others with makeshift means of escape, some witnesses have said.
London’s first responders certainly did not flinch in the face of danger with over “100 of our medics have been working hard to respond to this incident, including ambulance crews, advanced paramedics, advanced trauma teams from London’s Air Ambulance and those staff managing the incident in our special operations center,” London Ambulance Service Director of Operations Paul Woodrow confirmed.
As for the dangerous toxins which can be unleashed in such a blaze (as was the case during 9/11), Woodrow promised, “Our hazardous area response teams are also on scene, who carry specialist equipment including breathing apparatus. We’ve been treating patients for a range of injuries, as well as for smoke inhalation.”
With 120 apartments and many more lives affected, it is worthy to note that (even while failing Mayor Khan AGAIN see’s a preventable tragedy happen and offers only token sympathies), residents had warned of this potential due to neglectful upkeep.
Last November, a “Grenfell Action Group said that only a “catastrophic event” would expose the concerns they had about the building’s landlord, according to the group’s blog post.” ABC has published.
How many failures can one city face before they understand that their leaders seem to all need to be replaced? Their very lives depend on the answer to that question.
Sources: ABC News