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Started by Pinkgum on 14-Jun-2017 04:59:13
Fire in London Towerblock

https://www.theguardian.com/uk

Looks very serious, hope nobody here is involved.

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Moschops - 14 Jun 2017 05:02:19 (#1 of 4075)

Just saw that, hope everyone is OK

SatelliteOne - 14 Jun 2017 05:02:59 (#2 of 4075)

It looks like something out of a seventies movie. Must be horrible to be caught up in this. Hope everyone gets out safely.

It can't be nice, having this sort of disaster played out as entertainment for the 24 hour news cycle.

Pinkgum - 14 Jun 2017 05:07:00 (#3 of 4075)

I don't think rolling news is very good for the soul, it seems to encourage speculation and ramp up emotions.

Irgalmatlan - 14 Jun 2017 05:14:51 (#4 of 4075)

A witness on Sky said his neighbour's fridge exploded and was the cause of the fire, something the neighbour had time to explain when he woke them up to warn them.

bondi1 - 14 Jun 2017 05:54:58 (#5 of 4075)

Sends chills down your spine thinking people could be trapped inside.

Tripos - 14 Jun 2017 06:01:21 (#6 of 4075)

Some horrific stories coming from this tragedy.

foxybrown - 14 Jun 2017 06:20:28 (#7 of 4075)

Oh god it sounds awful. I'm in tears. I'm reminded of a fire in a block I grew up in and that was a low rise.

Hoping against hope that there's no loss of life. My thoughts are with all the residents.

SatelliteOne - 14 Jun 2017 06:22:04 (#8 of 4075)

Jesus, there's a wiki page already.

HerrWalrus - 14 Jun 2017 06:27:19 (#9 of 4075)

You wonder whether there were contingency plans for a tall tower like this. Somewhere on top for a helicoptor maybe? We know someone who has family in this area and will speak to them later. Looks like neighbouring residents will have to move out too as the block may collapse. Bad for them but obviously worse for those in the block. Heartbreaking.

foxybrown - 14 Jun 2017 06:29:08 (#10 of 4075)

Unfortunately it seems that the residents association had concerns https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2016/11/
20/kctmo-playing-with-fire/amp/

roguestate - 14 Jun 2017 06:43:25 (#11 of 4075)

The sight is horrific and the probable consequences heartbreaking.

FleurDuMal - 14 Jun 2017 06:46:16 (#12 of 4075)

Horrible. I hope all the residents got out.

xDiggy - 14 Jun 2017 07:06:44 (#13 of 4075)

Looks grim. A real-life Towering Inferno.

invicta - 14 Jun 2017 07:11:00 (#14 of 4075)

I hope this has nothing to do with domestic appliances which are known to catch fire and which have already caused serious fires in high-rise blocks. The damage looks so serious we probably won't know, though.

Terrible thing - never seen anything like this in London (Britain,even?) before - you can add review of fire services to things the PM has to do, too.

foghorn - 14 Jun 2017 07:12:54 (#15 of 4075)

The Beeb World was going a bit thick on overcrowded diversity earlier. Its a dreadful fire and I share Pinkgums rolling news views.

FleurDuMal - 14 Jun 2017 07:15:18 (#16 of 4075)

This is awful. They're giving eye-witness accounts on BBC News at present. There will be significant loss of life. Christ, those poor people.

bossab2 - 14 Jun 2017 07:16:27 (#17 of 4075)

Previous: Ronan Point. ( gas explosion which partly demolished the building ) No fire spread to the rest of the building.

Moschops - 14 Jun 2017 07:17:17 (#18 of 4075)

Can see the smoke cloud from the train

invicta - 14 Jun 2017 07:19:48 (#19 of 4075)

You wonder whether there were contingency plans for a tall tower like this.

I work in a tower block of similar height and age. There are supposed to be refuge areas and stairways which are safe for at least 60 minutes if a fire breaks out. Even in an office building, though, it's a constant battle to keep those areas safe and secure - people leave stuff everywhere! - so a residential block will be much more difficult to keep safe.

Ginmonkey - 14 Jun 2017 07:25:16 (#20 of 4075)

Tower blocks like that are supposed to have fire breaks and refuges so residents above the fire can stay in their flats and wait for the fire brigade to put out the fire or evacuate then from their balconies.

There was a horrific fatal fire in a tower block of similar vintage in south London a few years ago and there were a number of clear recommendations from the fire brigade.

We live in a low rise much smaller private block and have spent a good couple of years complying with new fire safety regs including wired in smoke alarms, smashable alarms, low level led lighting and clear fire exits divided by fire doors on each floor.

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