London firefighters traumatised by 'horrendous' scenes, chief says

London firefighters traumatised by 'horrendous' scenes, chief says

London firefighters traumatised by 'horrendous' scenes, chief says

Cotton said that numerous 250 firefighters who tackled the blaze were traumatised by the "horrendous" scenes they found. "The severity and the heat of the fire will mean that it will be an absolute miracle for anyone to be left alive".

"Our specialist urban search and rescue (USAR) crews are now working to make the block safe so our firefighters can continue to progress throughout the building, making a detailed, fingertip search, for anyone who may still be inside".

The tower is in the North Kensington neighborhood, a working-class, multi-ethnic area next to some of the richest neighborhoods in Britain.

Residents claimed the fire spread on the exterior of the tower, which had been covered in cladding in a major refurbishment completed a year ago.

"I really hope the number of fatalities does not reach triple figures", Cundy said.

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Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy said in a televised statement yesterday: "Sadly I can confirm that the number of people that has died is now 17".

Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn both visited the scene of the Grenfell Tower disaster on Thursday, but many have pointed to the differences in their time at the site. In addition, London Mayor Sadiq Khan called for an interim report on the fire to be published this summer.

"I anticipate London Fire Brigade will be on scene here for many days to come", she said.

Survivors said they saw the flames racing up the exterior of the building, which had recently been covered in cladding during a major refurbishment finished previous year. As I have stated many times, I have never experienced anything like this in my career.

The queen says "Prince Philip and I would like to pay tribute to the bravery of firefighters and other emergency services officers who put their own lives at risk to save others".

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The Fire Brigades Union, which represents most of Britain's firefighters, earlier said the firefighters and other emergency personnel were "doing a particularly hard job". "It had completely spread within half an hour".

More than 1 million pounds ($1.27 million) has been raised to help victims of the tragedy as volunteers and charities worked through the night to find shelter, food and clothes for people who had lost everything.

Fire engulfed the social housing block, where as many as 600 people lived in more than 120 apartments, in the early hours of Wednesday, turning it into a flaming torch in minutes.

"We need to know what happened", Mrs May said.

The company responsible for managing the Grenfell Tower, Kensington & Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) contracted the £10m refurbishment of Grenfell to a private construction firm, Rydon.

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Explaining the nature of the investigation, Ms Cotton said: "This is a large building, there will be a large amount of building work required internally".

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