Firefighters battle massive blaze in London high-rise

Nick Mcbride
June 14, 2017

A July 2014 newsletter for residents said the building was designed "according to rigorous fire safety standards".

"It's just horrendous. I'm just hoping there's not too many dead". More than 200 people reside in the building.

Some people told CNN they didn't even hear a fire alarm.

"An hour-and-a-half later I saw a kid on the 22nd floor on fire, he walked to the window, and he jumped".

"Some people were knocking on doors but the people inside didn't open the door". "One of my neighbors. came to his door, looking confused, and asked what was wrong". Within 15 minutes the flames reached the top making the building look like a huge burning torch from afar. "I watched flames burst out of our window and our flat was engulfed in flames", he said.

Fire engulfs Grenfell Tower, a residential tower block on June 14, 2017 in west London. Andy Moore who is the correspondent in BBC said he thought the fire might result in collapsing the tower.

Sadiq Khan, the London Mayor on Twitter declared the fire a 'major incident.' Streets around the towers have been sealed off and the evacuations are taking place on a full swing.

Over 200 firefighters were called to the tower on the Lancaster West Estate in Kensington after a fire broke out at approximately 1:15am on Wednesday morning.

He said he suspects the fire sprinkler system "was out of service or there was a malfunction at the time" based on how quickly the fire spread.

A long-time neighbour to the block, who saw the destruction unfold, said she at first feared terrorists were responsible.

Large pieces of debris could be seen falling from Grenfell Tower, a 1970s council block in the working-class north Kensington area - a short distance from chic Notting Hill. "Don't panic. It started on the fourth floor or something".

"It's the most terrifying thing I've ever seen". "I'm anxious if a fire happens, who is going to help?"

Some people were trapped in the fire, desperately shouting for help from windows on upper floors as the fire spread.

Others said they could see people inside using flashlights and mobile phones to try to signal for help from higher floors.

Boutrig said her friend's brother, wife and children lived in the building and that her friend was waiting to find out if they were OK.

"There were people banging on windows screaming, crying out for help". Hassad says she believes one of her friend's daughters is in a hospital, but didn't know which one.

Another witness, Abdullah Barraq Mohidin, said the fire began as a small one "but no one left their houses".

"We brought them out and we held them in our arms, and the paramedics brought them to the hospital", Asif said.

"I think everyone felt really helpless because no-one could get to them".

Residents told CNN they had seen people still trapped inside the building. "It wasn't good", she told CNN.

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