London fire: Baby thrown down ten floors caught by man on ground

She said she feared more victims would be found still inside the tower, where up to 600 people lived in 120 apartments. She says there were a number of fatalities, but that she could not confirm the numbers because of the "complexity of the building".

Flames and smoke engulf a tower block, in north Kensington, West London, Britain June 14, 2017. One resident said the fire alarm did not go off - bolstering the arguments of a community group, which only months ago had warned of a potential catastrophe at the subsidized housing block.

"We're raising £1,000,000 to help the families of who have been devastated by a fire which has destroyed their homes and taken loved ones", the JustGiving page explains. "I think he might have just had some broken bones and bruises". The company said its refurbishment of the building met all required building control, fire regulation and health & safety standards.

Ms Lamrani said the scenes of the fire will stay with her for "a long time". Fire chiefs said it was too early to speculate on the cause of the blaze.

"They were the first people with bags of water giving to people, helping people".

Cladding had been added to the outside of the building, blamed by some residents for helping the fire to spread so quickly.

Assistant Commissioner Dan Daly said: "Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are working extremely hard in very difficult conditions to tackle this fire".

"My first though was "how would I feel if I was in my room and the place caught fire and I lost everything". It is managed by Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) on behalf of Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council.

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An investigation is underway to establish the cause of the fire, but the Metropolitan Police says it is still in the emergency response stage. Rydon said it was shocked to hear of the devastating fire and its immediate thoughts were with those affected. In 2016 the group raised concerns about whether the emergency exits could become blocked in the event of a large-scale fire. "If we had stayed in that flat, we would've perished".

The fire broke out before daybreak local time Wednesday, when most of the building's residents would have still been in bed.

  • Jack Mann