London fire: Number of people killed
Grenfell Tower fire: Survivors recall massive blaze as death toll rises to 6Firefighters in London were rushed to Grenfell Tower this morning as the building went up in flames. At least six people were killed in the fire. 20 of those who were injured are in critical condition.
Footage of the raging fire
At least six people were killed and dozens more were injured when a huge residential building in London went up in flames on Wednesday. According to reports, the residents of the high-rise voiced their concerns about the building’s conditions in November 2016, saying that they could lead to a "major disaster." However, the owners of the building did not deal with the issue.
74 people were evacuated from the scene and take to local hospitals. 20 of them are in critical condition. A statement from the British Prime Minister’s Office read: “The Prime Minister is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life in the Grenfell Tower and is being kept constantly updated on the situation.”
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A mother of six escaped the building from the 21st floor with her children. However, when she reached the ground floor, she realized that she only had four of her children. Her neighbors explained that she is devastated. Another woman who was standing by the building watching it burn said that a woman threw her baby out of a window. “She was about to throw her baby and if somebody could catch her baby,” the eye-witness explained. “Somebody did. A gentleman ran forward and managed to grab the baby.”
Michael Paramasivan, a resident who lives on the seventh floor, managed to escape the building. “If we had stayed in that flat, we would've perished,” he said. “My gut instinct told me just to get the girls out. I wrapped the little one up because of the smoke and I just got them out.”
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