A devastating fire ripped through Grenfell Tower in London, sending at least 30 to the hospital and leaving fears that more are unaccounted for, according to authorities. These are photos taken before and after the horrific blaze, which emergency responders are still getting tackling at the time this story was published.
The 24-story tower was completely ablaze, and officials feared the tower might collapse from the fire, BBC reported. Residents were caught inside the tower, many following emergency plans that said they should stay in their rooms if there was a fire. (See videos of the fire in Heavy’s story here.)
Grenfell Tower Photos Before the Fire
Here is what the tower looked like before the fire:
The Fire Was ‘Just a Complete Nightmare, Absolute Nightmare’
Witnesses said that they saw people trapped in their homes, and residents flashing lights — possibly mobile phones or torches — from their windows. The entire scene has been absolutely heartbreaking.
Paul Littlejohn, who lives opposite the tower, told BBC that when he woke up just past 1 a.m., he could see a “towering inferno” with fire coming out of every window, and windows exploding. He said he saw people making ropes out of bedsheets in an an attempt to escape.
“Just complete nightmare, absolute nightmare,” he said.
The fire moved quickly, witnesses said. Zeinab, who lived in the building, told BBC there weren’t any fire exits except one staircase, where the fire was spreading. She got out, but her sister-in-law and father-in-law were unaccounted for, she said. She said residents were especially worried about a new cover that had been put on the building and whether it was safe.
As workers struggled to control the blaze and the hours wore on, the tower was engulfed in smoke. Here, you can see the extensive damage near the top of the tower:
As the sun rose in London, the devastation from the fire was more clearly seen:
WATCH: Videos of Massive Grenfell Tower Fire in London
A massive fire broke out at the Grenfell Tower, a high-rise apartment building in London. Watch videos and see photos. There were reports that families were trapped inside.
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