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Firefighters yet to fully search burnt London tower block: Fire brigade chief

15 June 2017

The death toll in a fire that ripped through a 24-storey block of flats in London rose to 17 on Thursday, with many people still missing and firefighters facing hazardous conditions as they searched the charred wreck.

Following the fire at the Grenfell tower fire, the Metropolitan police released a helpline number to track, register and locate the people who have gone missing in the massive Grenfell tower fire on Wednesday. The Grenfell tower on the Lancaster West Estate in North Kensington in the city of London caught fire in the early hours of Wednesday.

Police have said 17 people were killed in the blaze which began on Wednesday morning and the death toll is likely to rise.

At least 12 people have died after the huge fire destroyed Grenfell Tower in north Kensington, where flames could still be seen burning nearly 24 hours after the blaze started early on Wednesday.

Authorities said the cause of the blaze remained unclear and is under investigation.

Cotton says that firefighters are having trouble with the aftermath. "They ran into the building. if it wasn't for all these young Muslim boys, coming from mosque, more people would have died".

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Adele is showing her support for everyone affected by the deadly fire at London's Grenfell Tower. "I've never seen nothing like it".

Approximately 600 people lived in Grenfell Tower's 120 apartments.

He hugged one woman as she told him about a missing 12-year-old girl who had been on the 20th floor of the tower.

Tariq Gotteeh, a resident of the block, said he was one of the first who had noticed the fire.

An investigation into the cause of the blaze, the worst in the British capital in a generation, was underway. A further 74 victims, 18 of them critical, are being treated at six hospitals.

Investigators said they did not expect to find anyone else alive after the blaze and that it was too early to speculate on how the inferno that engulfed the 24-floor building started.

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Survivors told how they fought through black smoke to escape via the central stairwell, which was "littered" with bodies. The news outlet says that the Grenfell building is believed to have received cladding that has a plastic core rather than a more fireproof mineral core.

Eyewitnesses told how residents in the upper floors shone their mobile phone torches to attract attention, before they disappeared from the windows, their screams of help falling silent.

She added: "There were mountains of bags that people have left off and we are sorting them out".

Through the night, people donated food, clothes and blankets for those left without homes.

"What we can't have is a situation where people's safety is put at risk because of bad advice being given or, if it is the case, as has been alleged, of tower blocks not being properly serviced or maintained", Khan said.

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