After London fire, desperate pleas for missing residents

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All 24 floors of Grenfell Tower in North Kensington were swiftly engulfed, trapping residents in their homes and reportedly forcing some to jump to escape the flames.

In the early hours of Wednesday fire broke out around the fourth floor of the building, and within minutes the tower was engulfed.

So far the London Ambulance service has confirmed 30 people have been taken to hospitals across the capital, but there are still "a significant number of people" unaccounted for. "Most of the people I could see were Muslim".

Police are unable to say how many people are missing in total. "Luckily for me, my little brothers and sister were safe in their beds, but people their age (were) dying", she said.

Boutrig said her friend's brother, wife and children lived in the building and that her friend was waiting to find out if they were OK.

Sikh resident Harjinder Kukreja wrote on Twitter, "Sikh Gurudwaras in London have started collecting and distributing spare clothes, toys, toiletries for Grenfell Tower evacuees".

Other witnesses said the fire spread rapidly up the building, with some suggesting it was fuelled by gas.

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Standing near the burned-down apartment building, residents also reproached authorities, saying that members of a fire brigade had checked alarms in the building as recently as Saturday.

Also under scrutiny was advice pinned up on the walls of the tower block (Which the action group said had only followed its insistence) that residents should stay in their house in the event of a fire elsewhere in the building. "Even when the lights went off, people were waving with white shirts to be seen", Lleshi said.

Veteran fire safety engineer Stephen Kip said combustible cladding could help a blaze spread up the facade of building, starting fires on many floors.

Harrowing stories have emerged of people jumping to their deaths, one woman throwing her baby to safety and others crafting makeshift parachutes and ropes made out of bed-sheets to escape the flames.

"A woman was gesturing that she was about to throw her baby and if somebody could catch her baby", Lamrani said.

Andre Barrosso, a 33-year-old your local resident was quoted by The Independent where he said, "Muslims played a big part in getting a lot of people out".

'There are 22,000 homes in this country where this is a potential risk of fire or electrocution because of defective cables, ' Senator Xenophon said. When she got downstairs there was only four of them with her.

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"Crews wearing breathing apparatus and extended duration breathing apparatus have been working in extremely challenging and hard conditions to rescue people and bring this major fire under control", Cotton said.

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton told reporters: "This is an unprecedented incident. A neighbour's smoke alarm went off and another neighbour phoned and told me to get out", he said. "All our warnings fell on deaf ears and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable and just a matter of time", the group said on the blog on Wednesday afternoon.

"These questions are really important questions that need to be answered", Khan said.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Theresa May has said that she is "deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life in the Grenfell Tower".

The building was refurbished recently at a cost of £8.6 million, with work completed in May a year ago.

But a line stating that the project had met all "fire regulation and health and safety standards", which was included in an earlier release, had disappeared.

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