Tower Block Fire in west London near the A40 West-way, looks terrible help phone line 0800 0961 233
This is a truly sad event where a lot of innocent people have either lost their lives, been seriously injured or simply lost all of their worlds possessions. I really feel for all involved.
I really do not understand the media's hunger to get anyone with an opinion to explain in graphic detail what they saw and heard. The video of the burning building is enough for anyone with an imagination to understand the horror going in that event.
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Something must be very rotten in the construction of the building.
I used to be a fireman and even in old buildings I have never seen anything like this.
My thoughts are with all the involved.
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Lots of immediate comment about the recent refitting of the building in the newspapers and on Twitter. In particular there is a blog by the residents about Health and Safety.
My cameraman was called soon after 04:00 to shoot for news footage.
He said that the whole building was aflame, looked worse than "Towering Inferno" for this reason, flames across and around the facade of the entire building. The covering was falling off,in burnt lumps, charcoal black.
Apparently, there is no gas supply to the building, so gas cookers were being run off propane cylinders located in hallways. First hand account, he was there.
Are you sure about each flat having a propane gas supply fed from cylinders?
I have never heard of such a thing?
The comment suggested it was individual and it is only what I was told. But it was from someone who was at the scene but not a resident, obviously he wasn't inside.
The problem with a "full public enquiry" is that they take too long.
Yes. The recent experience in the UK is just that, compounded by overlapping and interfering jurisdictions.
But there is a precedent for early although incomplete release to try and reduce the risk of recurrence: see the staged AAIB reports on the Shoreham crash.