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DISASTER UK: Lancaster Estate tower disaster - death toll at 79, Other Towers Evacuated!
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    UK: Lancaster Estate tower disaster - death toll at 79, Other Towers Evacuated!

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    UPDATE 2 AM CDT:
    The SunžVerified account @TheSun 6m6 minutes ago

    The London Fire Brigade Commissioner confirms there have been a number of fatalities in the #GrenfellTower blaze http://thesun.uk/60118mrE1

    Steve HermanžVerified account @W7VOA 46m46 minutes ago

    Steve Herman Retweeted LBC Breaking

    Big fire in London:

    Steve Herman added,
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    Police say they're attending a large fire in the Lancaster West Estate in Shepherd's Bush where a block of flats is on fire
    Steve HermanžVerified account @W7VOA 16m16 minutes ago

    Steve Herman Retweeted London Fire Brigade

    Update on big fire in London:


    Steve Herman added,
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    40 fire engines & 200 firefighters have been called to the Lancaster West Estate tower block fire #NorthKensington http://bit.ly/28UY4qA
    London Fire BrigadežVerified account @LondonFire

    40 fire engines & 200 firefighters have been called to the Lancaster West Estate tower block fire #NorthKensington http://bit.ly/28UY4qA



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    WOW if thats actual building its gone.

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    posted for fair use (video and pics at link)

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-40269625
    Fire engulfs tower block in Latimer Road, west London

    • 10 minutes ago
    • From the section London

    Media captionImages show the fire spreading to all floors A huge fire has engulfed a tower block in Latimer Road, west London, with images suggesting the flames have spread to all 24 storeys.

    The fire at Grenfell Tower on the Lancaster West Estate was reported at 01:16 BST and about 200 firefighters are tackling the blaze.

    The Metropolitan Police said "an evacuation process is under way".

    The BBC's Andy Moore said the whole tower block was alight and there are fears the building might collapse.


    The London Fire Brigade say 40 fire engines have been sent to the tower.

    Eyewitnesses say they could see lights - thought to be torches - flashing at the top of the block of flats, which people say is "close to burning through".

    Image caption Forty fire engines and 200 firefighters are tackling the blaze George Clarke, the presenter of Amazing Spaces, told Radio 5 Live: "I'm getting covered in ash, that's how bad it is.

    "I'm 100 metres away and I'm absolutely covered in ash.

    "It's so heartbreaking, I've seen someone flashing their torches at the top level and they obviously can't get out."
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    Here's the BBC link.
    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-40269625
    Looks bad.

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    London Ambulance‏Verified account @Ldn_Ambulance 2m2 minutes ago

    London Ambulance Retweeted London Fire Brigade

    We have sent a number of resources to this incident including @LAS_HART More information will follow when we have it #NorthKensington

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    Crews continue to work hard at tower block fire in #NorthKensington Fire is from 2nd to top floor of 27 storey building
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    London Fire Brigade‏Verified account @LondonFire 1h1 hour ago




    We're currently attending a fire at a tower block on the Lancaster West Estate in . #NorthKensington



    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DCPnSoKXUAAceMa.jpg





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    Marc Ambinder‏Verified account @marcambinder 58s59 seconds ago

    25 floors of fire in #NorthKensington. Even the biggest and best modern fire departments can't fight something that intense.



    Devon Heinen‏ @DevonHeinen 2m2 minutes ago

    #BREAKING
    #London Fire Brigade on scene of a massive fire in #NorthKensington.
    London police say evacuation is underway.



    GLEN-REMZ-DAVISON‏ @remz_2011 5m5 minutes ago

    Tower block of flats gone up in flames Lancaster west eastate in west London #northkensington #Londonfirebrigade my heart with the families
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    Chris Hawkswell‏ @Chris_CPH 16m16 minutes ago




    Thoughts with all those injured or trapped in the fire at Grenfell Tower and the emergency services responding, just awful



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    Quote Originally Posted by Publius View Post
    WOW if thats actual building its gone.
    There are people believed to be trapped too....just horrible.
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    I haven't seen how it started, but seems like it has to be arson or something to get so big.
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    Any news on how it got started, wasn't a terrorist attack was it?

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    Towering inferno:Screaming residents build ropes from sheets and lean out windows as huge fire at West London tower block engulfs the 27-storey building with 200 firefighters struggling to control the blaze

    • Blaze has engulfed the 27-storey Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road in White City on Wednesday morning
    • Horrifying pictures emerged on social media showing massive flames licking up the side of the block
    • Desperate residents trapped high in the enormous residential tower were heard 'screaming' for help
    • Police are evacuating people and two residents are already being treated for smoke inhalation
    By Ekin Karasin and Isobel Frodsham For Mailonline
    Published: 21:20 EDT, 13 June 2017 | Updated: 22:39 EDT, 13 June 2017





    Desperate residents are building ropes from sheets in an attempt to escape from their windows as a huge inferno is engulfing a tower block in west London.
    The 'horrendous' blaze has struck the 27-storey Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road, White City, in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
    The fire has spread from the second floor to the roof of the enormous towering block, with 200 firefighters struggling to bring it under control.
    Panicked residents trapped high in the enormous tower were heard screaming for help as they tied bedsheets together in an attempt to reach the ground. One neighbour said he believed someone had jumped from the block.
    The residential tower holds 120 flats, with two of the residents being treated for illness from smoke inhalation.
    Terrified residents in their pyjamas have been evacuated as police are pushing people away from the area for fear the block will collapse as debris has started to fall from the tower.
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    Desperate residents are building ropes from sheets in an attempt to escape from their windows as a huge inferno is engulfing a tower block in west London

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    The entire block has been completely covered up by the massive flames on all sides

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    Terrified residents in their pyjamas have been evacuated from the residential block as police are warning people to stay away for fear it might collapse

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    Horrified residents watched the blaze. There are 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters at the Lancaster West Estate

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    The 'horrendous' blaze has struck the 27-storey Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road, White City, in the early hours of Wednesday morning

    The London Fire Brigade said: 'Crews continue to work hard at tower block fire in North Kensington. Fire is from 2nd to top floor of 27 storey building.'
    Firemen are inside the building, trying to get people out. Residents have been asked to shine torches and phones out of their windows so the fire brigade knew there was someone who needed rescuing.
    By 3am, at least one torch was still shining from the block, which was ablaze on two sides as hundreds of concerned neighbours gathered near the building to watch and try to contact those inside.

    Police and 40 fire engines have rushed to the scene as horrifying pictures emerged on social media showing massive flames licking up the side of the block.
    One witness told BBC Radio: 'There are parents and kids in pajamas waiting outside.'
    One neighbour, Derry Glover, said he first heard sirens at around 12.45am. He added that he believed someone had jumped from the building.
    A group of people trying to help out police were forced back because they were walking towards the burning building.




    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4601902/Huge-inferno-West-London-tower-block.html

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    real facts-friendly‏ @umadrants 2m2 minutes ago

    watching vids of #grenfell tower fire. have never seen a tower fully engulfed like that. can't imagine the loss of life...just...no words...


    penny collenette‏ @penottawa 3m3 minutes ago

    penny collenette Retweeted Telegraph News

    Very tough reading. #Grenfell #London

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    Grenfell Tower fire: Massive blaze engulfs block of flats near White City in London http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017...medium=twitter


    McRae Hilliard‏ @McRaeHilliard 3m3 minutes ago

    Residents of #Grenfell predicted today's tragedy


    Edie Angelo‏ @edieangelo 4m4 minutes ago

    #LONDON: #Massive #Fire Causes Huge Chunks to Fall from #Grenfell #Tower https://youtu.be/Ilhxjz45Zk0 via @YouTube
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squib View Post
    Any news on how it got started, wasn't a terrorist attack was it?
    I haven't seen how, but did cross my mind.
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    It's from a distance, but streaming live (ended already, but still video) : https://www.pscp.tv/w/1OwxWAOndzkGQ

    ff streams‏ @ffstreams 8m8 minutes ago

    sandypops is streaming live from London, UK
    #grenfell #latimerroad fire


    Rozina Breen‏ @RozieBreen 8m8 minutes ago

    "It's so heartbreaking, I've seen someone flashing torches at top level, they obviousl

    https://www.pscp.tv/w/1OwxWAOndzkGQ
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    Metropolitan Police‏Verified account @metpoliceuk 3m3 minutes ago

    Residents continue to be evacuated from the tower block fire in #NorthKensington. A number of people being treated for a range of injuries.
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    - Fire call received at 1:16 am London local time. (It is now 4:00 am there)

    - Evacuations are still under way.

    - Two known injuries.
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    Wow... How does a building that big get fully engulfed that fast?

    Reeks of arson, to me...
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    Well, I have seen speculation that it was immigrants of the ME type and this suggests it could be bad maintenance.


    ewton R‏ @Newtons_Laws 34m34 minutes ago

    #Grenfell Tower #fire #LONDON appears to have gone nuclear. Not much news about survivors yet. Come on mainstream media! Wakey wakey



    james‏ @jamesgray_56 36m36 minutes ago

    Shocking. Residents of #Grenfell Tower were aware of significant fire risk due to building mismanagement.

    CoastalGal‏ @CoastalGal20 1m1 minute ago

    CoastalGal Retweeted james

    Wow. What a tragedy. #londonfire #Grenfell

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    Shocking. Residents of #Grenfell Tower were aware of significant fire risk due to building mismanagement. https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpres...ing-with-fire/



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    It is a truly terrifying thought but the Grenfell Action Group firmly believe that only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the KCTMO, and bring an end to the dangerous living conditions and neglect of health and safety legislation that they inflict upon their tenants and leaseholders. We believe that the KCTMO are an evil, unprincipled, mini-mafia who have no business to be charged with the responsibility of looking after the every day management of large scale social housing estates and that their sordid collusion with the RBKC Council is a recipe for a future major disaster.

    Unfortunately, the Grenfell Action Group have reached the conclusion that only an incident that results in serious loss of life of KCTMO residents will allow the external scrutiny to occur that will shine a light on the practices that characterise the malign governance of this non-functioning organisation. We believe that the KCTMO have ensured their ongoing survival by the use of proxy votes at their Annual General Meeting that see them returned with a mandate of 98% in favour of the continuation of their inept and highly dangerous management of our homes. It is no coincidence that the 98% is the same figure that is returned by the infamous Kim Jong-un of North Korea who claims mass popularity while reputedly enslaving the general population and starving the majority of his people to death.

    It is our conviction that a serious fire in a tower block or similar high density residential property is the most likely reason that those who wield power at the KCTMO will be found out and brought to justice! The Grenfell Action Group believe that the KCTMO narrowly averted a major fire disaster at Grenfell Tower in 2013 when residents experienced a period of terrifying power surges that were subsequently found to have been caused by faulty wiring. We believe that our attempts to highlight the seriousness of this event were covered up by the KCTMO with the help of the RBKC Scrutiny Committee who refused to investigate the legitimate concerns of tenants and leaseholders.

    We have blogged many times on the subject of fire safety at Grenfell Tower and we believe that these investigations will become part of damning evidence of the poor safety record of the KCTMO should a fire affect any other of their properties and cause the loss of life that we are predicting:

    https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpres...ancaster-west/

    https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpres...n-fire-safety/

    https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpres...afety-scandal/

    https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpres...l-a-fire-risk/

    In October 2015 a fire ripped through another KCTMO property, the 14 storey Adair Tower in North Kensington, causing mass panic and resulting in a number of residents taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. It is reported that had it not been for the swift actions of the London Fire Brigade the consequences of this fire and potential loss of life could have been much worse.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...ensington.html

    In the aftermath of the Adair Tower fire the London Fire Brigade found that the KCTMO had not been looking after the safety of residents properly and issued an Enforcement Order compelling them to improve the fire safety in the escape staircases and to provide self closing devices to all the tower block’s front doors. A further audit by the London Fire Brigade of the neighbouring Hazelwood Tower (located alongside Adair Tower) found similar breaches of health and safety legislation and an Enforcement Order was also issued for this property forcing the TMO to address the serious concerns of the Fire Brigade’s inspectors. What is shocking is that a decade ago a fatality occurred due to a fire at Hazelwood Tower and the Fire Investigation Team ordered that the grills on the fire escape staircase be covered over. This never happened and it is believed that the uncovered grills at Adair House (Hazelwood Tower’s twin block) acted like a chimney and were responsible for the accelerated spread of the fire and smoke damage.

    In the last twenty years and despite the terrifying power surge incident in 2013 and recent fire at Adair Tower, the residents of Grenfell Tower have received no proper fire safety instructions from the KCTMO. Residents were informed by a temporary notice stuck in the lift and one announcement in a recent regeneration newsletter that they should remain in their flats in the event of fire. There are not and never have been any instructions posted in the Grenfell Tower noticeboard or on individual floor as to how residents should act in event of a fire. Anyone who witnessed the recent tower block fire at Shepherds Court, in nearby Shepherd’s Bush, will know that the advice to remain in our properties would have led to certain fatalities and we are calling on our landlord to re-consider the advice that they have so badly circulated.

    The Grenfell Action Group predict that it won’t be long before the words of this blog come back to haunt the KCTMO management and we will do everything in our power to ensure that those in authority know how long and how appallingly our landlord has ignored their responsibility to ensure the heath and safety of their tenants and leaseholders. They can’t say that they haven’t been warned!
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    A massive fire has engulfed a residential high-rise building in London, prompting the London Fire Brigade to dispatch at least 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters.

    The blaze at Grenfell Tower in West London extends from the second floor to the top floor of the 27-story building, the London Fire Brigade said.

    London Metropolitan Police said an evacuation is underway.

    "At this stage we are aware of two people being treated at the scene for smoke inhalation," London Metropolitan Police said in a statement. "We await an update as to whether there are any further injuries."

    London Metropolitan Police said they were called at 1:16 a.m. "to reports of a large fire at a block of flats in the Lancaster West Estate, W11."
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    This does not bode well.

    At one am, the building is full of sleeping people.

    Who knows if the fire alarms and smoke detectors were working?

    Were the stairwells adequate to move all of those people quickly enough?

    What about people with limited mobility?

    Was the fire department even able to get inside the building?

    ETA - Witness' saying it took about an hour for the fire to propogate from the front to the back of the building.
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    Metropolitan Police Retweeted
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    #NorthKensington fire, our Assistant Commissioner:"..we have deployed numerous resources & specialist appliances.“ http://bit.ly/2tkl3QR
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    Sun's coming up. Seeing tweets about people who possibly couldn't get out.
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    Sun's coming up. Seeing tweets about people who possibly couldn't get out.
    Sky News reporting that residents were shining flashlights out of the upper story windows to get rescuers attention.
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    sky news: guy says 216 home/apt in the tower


    HannenG‏ @gabsNH 1h1 hour ago

    So many people dying in front of our eyes, it's horrific. Many were trapped. Terrible #grenfelltower ((


    Eliana‏ @eli4na 42m42 minutes ago

    This journalist is fully aware he's blocking fire trucks and preventing lives from being saved #CallHimOut #grenfelltower

    (they posted a pic of his license plate)
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    Sky News saying there is now a concern that the building may begin to collapse.

    Courdon around the building has been expanded.

    Many residents were awake because of late Ramalamadingdong celebrations.
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    Newton R‏ @Newtons_Laws 47s47 seconds ago

    It is believed not all people made passage out of #Grenfell #Tower #Inferno. No exit possible by stairs burnt by #fire reported


    Somebody tweeted to never stay in a hotel above the 6th floor since that's as high as fire truck ladders go.

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    siobhan butler‏ @xxsiobhanamyxx 2m2 minutes ago

    A fridge on 4th floor exploded and caused it according to the news ??? #GrenfellTower
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Baron View Post
    This does not bode well.

    At one am, the building is full of sleeping people.

    Who knows if the fire alarms and smoke detectors were working?

    Were the stairwells adequate to move all of those people quickly enough?

    What about people with limited mobility?

    Was the fire department even able to get inside the building?

    ETA - Witness' saying it took about an hour for the fire to propogate from the front to the back of the building.
    IF the tenants were Muslim, 1 AM would be about the end of dinner....Remembering that they only get the one meal for the day....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilbitsnana View Post
    ???

    siobhan butler‏ @xxsiobhanamyxx 2m2 minutes ago

    A fridge on 4th floor exploded and caused it according to the news ??? #GrenfellTower
    Chewy‏ @Chewy9991 3m3 minutes ago

    Guy on the news said it was his neighbours flat and he told him his fridge exploded #GrenfellTower
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    If this building is a vertical ghetto of "migrants" and there is a high body count, then get ready for a political firestorm of finger pointing, butt hurt and flagrant opportunism to exploit the "plight" of the migrants.
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    Sohail Khanzada‏ @SoheilKhanzada 1m1 minute ago

    Breaking: Over 100 people trapped in the fire, screaming for help.
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    Riley‏ @rileysomething 4m4 minutes ago

    Sounds like West London #GrenfellTower is home to many Muslims.
    Will they gratefully accept life-saving aid from infidel firefighters or...?



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    People trapped inside are calling family members saying their goodbyes because they can't escape & know they will die ���� #grenfelltower
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilbitsnana View Post
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    siobhan butler‏ @xxsiobhanamyxx 2m2 minutes ago

    A fridge on 4th floor exploded and caused it according to the news ??? #GrenfellTower

    Good lord!! I've never heard of a fridge exploding in the US, but apparently it happens a lot in England:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=brit...utf-8&oe=utf-8
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    Muslims. Enough said.

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    Have been watching live on periscope and it's horrific. Lost one feed but right before there was a man who kept poking his head out the window and people were screaming to him that they were on their way - what was his flat # but then all this thick black smoke came pouring out of his flat window! Then the feed was lost... i hope they get to him but i have my doubts. .

    It was live and just moments ago. Another feed showing others still innthe building, trapped.

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