At least 12 people are confirmed dead, 75 injured, and dozens more remain missing after a fire tore through Grenfell Tower, an apartment building in West London around 1 a.m. Wednesday, The Guardian reports.
"There was bits of building falling off all around me, I scalded my shin on a hot piece of metal that had fallen off the building", said Mr Jodie Martin, who lives close to the building and had gone to the scene to try to help.
Noticing the fire as soon as it began to spread, they may have been able to alert others and help them get out of the building in time, saving countless lives.
"This is going to be a long and complex recovery operation and I do anticipate that the number of fatalities will sadly increase beyond those 12", Metropolitan Police Cmdr.
A baby reportedly survived a almost 10-story fall as residents scrambled to escape a massive blaze early Wednesday morning at a residential high-rise building in West London.
Eyewitnesses reported they saw lights - supposedly mobile phones or torches - flashing at the top of building, and trapped residents were coming to their windows - some holding children.
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The dense smoke filling the corridors meant she was unable to get to safety with her son Abem (5) and husband until the fire brigade arrived. She told me they asked her to put towels around the doors.
Residents sleeping inside the London high-rise that went up in flames early Wednesday were saved by their Muslim neighbors - who were eating before the start of their Ramadan fast and were apparently the only ones awake, according to witnesses.
Crews rescued 65 people, said Steve Apter, the fire brigade's director of safety and assurance.
Shortly after news of Wednesday's tragedy broke, it claimed: "Regular readers of this blog will know that we have posted numerous warnings in recent years about the very poor fire safety standards at Grenfell Tower".
The housing block, built in 1974, was recently upgraded at a cost of £8.6 million (Dh40.4m) including a new communal heating system and a smoke extraction and ventilation system.
"One woman actually threw her son out of the window". "Five more minutes and that was us".
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More than 200 people live in the tower, but it was not clear how many people were inside.
He described a perilous situation: "Only one fire escape to get down, and apparently that caught on fire", he said.
A council has admitted it received complaints over the refurbishment of a west London tower block which has been ravaged by a deadly fire, after an action group said its warnings fell on "deaf ears" when it highlighted safety concerns.
There have been calls for a major investigation amid questions about how the fire spread so rapidly through the block.
Churches and a nearby mosque served as gathering points for donations for those who raced out of the burning building with little else than what they were wearing.
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