- Massive blaze engulfed the 27-storey Grenfell Tower on Latimer Road in White City in early hours this morning
- Horrifying pictures show massive flames licking up the side of the 27-storey block and burning debris falling
- Desperate residents trapped in residential tower have been heard screaming – fatalities have been confirmed
- Horrific eyewitness accounts from devastated residents have begun to emerge from the scene today
A woman with six children who was attempting to escape from the 21st floor of the London tower block fire this morning got to the bottom to discover two of them were missing, it has been claimed.
Dozens of horrific eyewitness accounts have begun to emerge from the 27-storey tower block fire in White City this morning, with residents claiming people are still stuck inside the building – which houses 600 people.
There have been a ‘number of fatalities’ at the fire at Grenfell Tower in west London, London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton has told reporters.
One resident broke down as he described how people ‘just threw their kids out screaming ‘save my children”. Another said his mother stepped over a dead body to escape the building.
Samira Lamrani said she saw a woman try to save a baby by dropping it from a window ‘on the ninth or 10th floor’ to waiting members of the public below.
She said: ‘People were starting to appear at the windows, frantically banging and screaming. The windows were slightly ajar, a woman was gesturing that she was about to throw her baby and if somebody could catch her baby.
‘Somebody did, a gentleman ran forward and managed to grab the baby.’
She added: ‘I could see people from all angles, banging and screaming for help. Us members of the public were reassuring them, telling them we’ve done what we can and that we’ve phoned 999, but obviously the look on their face was death.
‘My daughter’s friend said she observed an adult who made some sort of homemade parachute and tried to lower himself out of the window. The more I looked up, floor upon floor. Endless numbers of people.
‘Mainly the kids, because obviously their voices, with their high pitched voices – that will remain with me for a long time. I could hear them screaming for their lives.’
Mahad Egal said that he saw children being thrown from the building, as well as claiming a number of people died in the incident.
Speaking on the Victoria Derbyshire show, Mr Egal broke down as he described the fire.
He said: ‘It was rapid, the fire was growing well out of control. There is only the stairs, which is smoke, it’s dark, it’s scary, it’s trip hazard. There’s all sorts, there are the elderly, there are children, there’s disabled people there are all sorts, there’s luggage in the stairwell.
‘Even on the stairwell, some lights were not working. So it was so dark in there it’s incredible.