Unic Press UK: In an update on the Grenfell Tower fire that was issued today, the Metropolitan Police said that almost 60 persons were unaccounted/missing.
Commander Stuart Cundy of the Metropolitan Police said:
“It is really important that we are clear about the scale of the challenge facing us as our teams search Grenfell Tower to recover those people still inside and return them to their loved ones. The conditions due to the fire damage verge on indescribable, which is why this will be such a lengthy operation taking weeks to complete. We must also prepare people for the terrible reality that some people may not be identified due to the intensity of the fire. Sadly that work leads me to believe that the number of people missing, but as yet unaccounted for has risen from yesterday’s figure of 58.” (Metropolitan Police: 18th June 2017)
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan blamed the fire incident on years of neglect by the local council and successive government.
What we know
- A 24-storey building – comprising of 120 flats – known as Grenfell Tower, which is situated in west London, has been destroyed by fire.
- Fire started at circa 1:00hrs of Wednesday, the 14th June 2017, on the fourth floor of the building.
- Fire engines and emergency services arrived timely. The London Fire Brigade arrived the scene within 6 minutes of receiving an emergency call.
- Many were killed in the fire, but the authorities have yet to provide a final figure.
- The estimate of the number of people that were living at Grenfell Tower is 500.
- Lots of people escaped the fire; many jumped off the building through the window.
- The contact number of the Police Casualty Bureau is 0800 0961 233.
How you can help
Items such as clothes, food, toiletries, and so on, to help those that were affected by the fire could be delivered at various points, viz:
- Rugby Portobello Trust, 221 Walmer Road, London, W11 4EY.
- St Clements Church, 95 Sirdar Road, London, W11 4EQ.
- The Harrow Club, 187 Freston Road, London, W10 6TH.
Fundraising pages to help give essential services/supplies
- Grenfell Tower Fire Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/grenfell-tower-fire-fund
- Families of Grenfell Tower Appeal: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/familiesofgrenfelltower?utm_source=jgtwitter&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=familiesofgrenfelltower
- Th British Red Cross:
Our support line is now the central point of info for all people affected and will be able to direct people to the help they need 4/5 pic.twitter.com/faJG7zFJPL
— British Red Cross (@BritishRedCross) June 18, 2017