Screaming residents build ropes from sheets and lean out windows as huge fire at West London tower block engulfs the 24-floor building with 200 firefighters struggling to control the blaze

Desperate residents are building ropes from sheets in an attempt to escape from their windows as a huge inferno is engulfing a tower block in west London.

The ‘horrendous’ blaze has struck the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road, White City, in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The fire has reportedly spread to five floors, with firefighters struggling to bring it under control. There are 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters at the Lancaster West Estate.

  • WalterBannon

    look at how fast this engulfed the whole building

    something fishy

    my money on terrorist act

    • David Murrell

      Maybe so, maybe not. But the teeming mass of mad-dog jihadists will take a look at this spectacular fire (100+ dead?) and get ideas. It wouldn’t take much for a jihadist to rent out a large flat and stuff it full of combustibles. …

    • Hard Little Machine

      The builder just finished refacing the outside of the building with new material that apparently is not up to the job of being fire retardant. I think we’re seeing some real third world built in China shit here.

  • BillyHW

    Inner struggle?

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Allah will provide

  • Clink9

    It’s like they hooked up to a gasoline truck instead of a hydrant.

  • bargogx1

    Accidental fire, or…?

  • Ho Hum
  • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

    Sounds like someone saying Allahu Akbar at 5 second mark.

  • Brett_McS

    This will give “some people” ideas.

    • David Murrell

      Yes indeed.

  • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)
  • tom_billesley

    BBC TV broadcast news : unconfirmed report that one of people leaving said that the fire had started when his refrigerator “exploded”.

  • Kathy Prendergast

    There was a fire like this in a high-rise apartment building in Shanghai about 10 years ago. I don’t know what the actual fatality rate was, but it was bad. High-rises actually go up like this pretty regularly in China, because they’re badly-built or wired and/or because of massive fire and safety code violations. Gas cookers and water heaters are used in just about every apartment there, too. And nearly every adult male in the country smokes. In a place like Britain though you have to wonder what caused an inferno like this.

    • Brett_McS

      But they look nice on the outside. I stayed in a new hotel in western china that was very fancy looking, but the plumbing, the wiring, the fit and finish was all rubbish.

    • Ho Hum

      From what I have been able to learn about this building I am not surprised that this happened. It comes down to TWO FACTORS:

      FACTOR 1: Last year the building was re-clad with flammable insulation (urethane covered in aluminum ) . This allowed the fire from a lower floor unit to spread rapidly up the outside of the tower.

      FACTOR 2: The building was designed with a “flexible” floor plate that could be converted to office space – i.e. NO concrete walls between individual apartments allowing fire to spread (I doubt that units had sprinklers as required by office towers)

      Here is a picture of the building under construction – you can see the open floor plan

  • Barrington Minge

    Desperately sad. But, please note the tower did not collapse in freefall after burning for an hour. World Trade centre please note.

    • Ho Hum

      Completely different circumstances. The World Trade Center was a 110 story steel frame “hollow tube” tower that collapsed when the light weight web steel joists that supported the out steel wall failed from the intense heat. This building in London is primarily of concrete and only 24 stories tall so less likely to fail.

      • Barrington Minge

        OK Believe that if you like…..

        • Clink9

          I guess they didn’t spend months wiring the building for the demolition. Lazy Brits.

      • mauser 98

        twice, symmetrically

  • ed