At least six people have been killed in the blaze unleashed this morning in a residential tower in London, but that figure is expected to rise, Scotland Yard confirmed today. In a statement to the media, the Metropolitan Police of London (Met) indicated that they are “at a very early stage” and expect the death toll to rise, starting at 00.15 GMT in a block of 24 Situated in the North Kensinghon district.
“We can confirm six deaths at the moment, but this figure is likely to rise during what will be a complex recovery operation, which will last several days,” said Met commander Stuart Cundy of the Met. Cundy added that in addition to the dead, many more victims receive medical attention, after the flames devastated this morning the Grenfell Tower, a block of 120 homes, many of them social protection, housing some 500 people, including many children.
The London Ambulance Service said at least 50 people had to be hospitalized at various medical centers in the capital for various injuries. The police warned that it is likely that time will pass before agents can identify the victims and considered it “too premature” to speculate on the possible cause of the fire.
After the fire, at least twenty ambulances were sent to the vicinity of the block, which has been cordoned off by agents in the initial fears that the building collapsed.
A structural engineer controls the “stability” of the building block, which “is still considered safe,” for firefighters to continue their rescue work inside the building, said Dany Cotton. In a press briefing, Cotton said the fire that broke out last night in the 24-storey block is “serious and complex,” and explained that the causes “are still being investigated,” in collaboration with several experts.
Firefighters are still searching for potential victims inside the block, which includes official housing managed by the Kensington and Chelsea City Council – which receive people with limited financial resources.