Tower Block Fire in Kensington

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  1. Jark

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    It's horrific! How awful. And the stories of people shining torches from the top floor :(
     
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    Fatalities confirmed. This looks relatively terrible.
     
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    All but the first two floors gutted and 30 people have been hospitalised, which makes you think the death toll will be fairly high.
     
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    Yeah you'd think so. No way people could have got out in time.
     
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    Just saw a new photo of this and it looks awful. :(
     
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    The imagery is quite astonishing:

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    Oh my, yes I'm looking through all the pics and it looks insane. How could it spread like this?
     
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    God, what can you even say... I'd imagine that anyone who was in the flats above the seventh floor (or thereabouts) is completely fucked. Absolutely horrendous. And the building looks very far from stable
     
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    :( :(

    Right next to @cwej school. Some of his students live there
     
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    Oh shit.

    The building is still burning out, after what 8/9 hours?
     
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    The building was only built in 1974. Can't be that old/rickety.
     
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    Didn't it have a £10million renovation last year? :(
     
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    This is almost certainly because of fucking cheapskate, unsafe refurbishment. The company concerned have removed all references to it from their website. Funny that
     
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    Very upsetting coverage on the BBC. Might have to walk away from it :(
     
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    One woman on the phone on the BBC this morning was heartbreaking - looking for her 12 year old niece who was on the 20th floor, alone in her flat as her Dad was further down the building visiting a friend and he got out.
     
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    Oh gosh, awful :(
     
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    How unspeakably grim. It's hard not to think that the death toll is going to be huge, given the scenes and time it happened.

    My mother is on the seventh floor of a block and it always kind of sits at the back of my mind about what would happen in a fire.
     
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    The worst story I've heard is a family with six kids that evacuated their flat and got back downstairs with only four.
     
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    Oh God, that's awful. The death toll from this could be horrendous. :(:(:(
     
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    It's a big block as well, isn't it? In terms of the number of homes on each floor.
     
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    Looks like this is the case. Flammable cladding and apparently none of the smoke alarms went off. :(
     
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    Hopelessly naive I know, but I kind of thought this wouldn't be something you'd hear of in the UK in the 21st century.
     
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    My God, I can't imagine what it must be like at work for him today.
     
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    Piers Morgan was speaking to the company that did the refurb on the phone on Good morning Britain. He was questioning him about the standards and the guy hung up on him in the end.
     
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    Well even if you've just killed 100 people Piers Morgan is a step too far.
     
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    The imagery is truly apocolyptic...

     
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    Bloody hell. This has to be a turning point surely
     
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    Is it a local authority owned building?
     
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    It's very much back on fire again. Will it collapse?
     
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    Some people are saying it was caused by one faulty fridge.

    None of the smoke alarms in the building went off. How is that even possible. Why aren't they tested regularly.

    Im in a block of flats, only 11 flats so far smaller but our fire alarm system is routinely tested every 6 months.
     
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    I don't ever recall fire alarm testing in the tower blocks I lived in.
     
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    Really? I assumed it was a legal requirement.

    We all have 3 smoke alarms in every flat and the main building one.

    Our building one is very sensitive and goes off at least once every 2 months, annoying but at least we know it works.
     
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    I'm off to London tomorrow. I imagine I'll be able to see it from the route in via Hammersmith? If there is anything left of it, as Ag says. How much can it stand? It must have been alight for about 9 hours now.
     
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    Apparently between 400-600 people live in the building. At least 50 are in hospital with loads unaccounted for :(
     
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    London Fire say it probably won't collapse, as of a few minutes ago.
     
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    Some delightful sorts being interviewed on the BBC this morning.
     
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