London fire chief says unlikely to find more survivors, ‘unknown numbers’ of people still inside

A day after the giant fire at London’s Grenfell Tower, the local fire chief said that judging by the severity of the blaze, it would be a “miracle” to find survivors trapped in the building. She added that “unknown numbers” of people are still believed to be inside the high-rise.

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After the Metropolitan Police announced that the death toll from the giant fire in London yesterday (Wednesday) has risen to 17, the searches for missing persons in Grenfell Tower continue. The London Fire Brigade believes that because dozens of people are still missing, the number of fatalities is expected to significantly climb. London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said that there are still “unknown numbers” of people inside the building.

Cotton told Sky News: “There will be still some smoke but the fire is out.” She also said that this blaze was unique and that in her 29 years as a firefighter, she has never encountered a fire like this one: “I've truly never seen that in a high-rise building.”

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Grenfell Tower after the fire Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Cotton added that she does not believe that additional survivors will be found inside the building. “Tragically, now we are not expecting to find anyone else alive,” she told Sky News. “The severity and the heat of the fire will mean that it will be an absolute miracle for anyone to be left alive.”

The pictures from the scene of the tragedy have helped bring the local community together. Nearby residents are assisting those who lost their home, belongings and loved ones in the blaze.



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