6 mins ago
A newsletter sent to Grenfell Tower residents in 2014 containing fire safety advice told people to stay in their flats unless told otherwise, according to The Guardian.
The newsletter reportedly said: “Our longstanding ‘stay put’ policy stays in force until you are told otherwise. This means that (unless there is a fire in your flat or in the hallway outside your flat) you should stay inside your flat. “This is because Grenfell was designed according to rigorous fire safety standards. Also, the new front doors for each flat can withstand a fire for up to 30 minutes, which gives plenty of time for the fire brigade to arrive.”
13 mins ago
Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick, chairman of the all-party Parliamentary Fire Safety and Rescue Group, said the Government has resisted calls to install sprinkler systems in high-rise blocks in the wake of the Lakanal House tragedy.
Mr Fitzpatrick, who was a firefighter for 20 years, told LBC: “We’ve been pressing for fire sprinkler systems in buildings where we think it’s appropriate – certainly over a height level and in places where there is vulnerability, care homes and in schools – and Government has been resisting that for some time.”
But the MP for Poplar and Limehouse added: “There’s obviously a huge number of questions going to have to be asked about what happened to Latimer Road but it’s very early in the situation.
“It’s a bit early to start pointing fingers, I would have thought.”
15 mins ago
Local residents told The Independent they were woken up by sounds of shouting around one o’clock this morning.
Many described getting dressed and gathering their belongings before leaving their houses.
Bob Stone, 63, said he ran out of his flat in the early hours of the morning to see sparks coming from the building and around 40 people waving from the windows.
“I thought they’ve got to get outside, that ain’t right,” he said. “I didn’t see how many got out in the end. “
Taglub Obaid, 12, described being woken up by people “shouting and screaming” outside.
He said the tower block was “completely in flames” and said it had been a “terrifying experience”.
Several people said they heard screams coming from people inside the tower block as the blaze engulfed the building.
16 mins ago
Anyone concerned about loved ones who may have been caught up in the fire should contact the Metropolitan Police’s casualty bureau on 0800 0961 233 or 0207 158 0197.
Police have said if you do not get through immediately, please try again.
London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said there had been a “number of fatalities” but could not say how many due to the size and complexity of the building.
19 mins ago
If you can help with clothes, food, blankets, toiletries etc please donate to: St Clements Church, 95 Sirdar Rd, W11 4EQ
24 mins ago
Over 200 firefighters are attending the fire, with 40 vehicles in total, including 14 fire rescue vehicles, said the Fire Commissioner’s press office.
The first fire crews were on the scene within six minutes after the first call at 0.54am.
Firefighters reportedly managed to bring trapped residents to safety from even the top floor of the 24-storey block.
36 mins ago
London Ambulance Service said paramedics had taken more than 50 patients to five hospitals.
38 mins ago
Grenfell Tower in north Kensington, a block of flats at least 24 storeys high, has been blazing since 12. 54am this morning.
London Fire Brigade has confirmed a “number of fatalities”, however the number is not currently known owing to the “size and complexity” of the building.
an hour ago
Truly horrific pictures of terrible fire in my local neighbourhood. My thoughts & prayers with everyone involved & brave emergency services.
an hour ago
There have been a “number of fatalities” at Grenfell Tower fire, London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton announces.
an hour ago
Fire investigator Dr Peter Mansi tells ITV’s Good Morning Britain it is one of the worst fires he has seen in 30 years, saying: “I’ve not seen anything to this extent”