Local councilor Robert Atkinson told CNN that the renovation works had modernized the building. There was nothing they could do for these people with sheer terror on their faces as they screamed for help for their families.
"I have seen it with my own eyes".
"If anyone has a place for people to stay for a few days, please tell me?" a woman with a clipboard called out.
"Obviously there will need to be a thorough investigation into what the cause of the fire was and why it appears to have spread so rapidly". "A neighbor's smoke alarm went off and another neighbor phoned and told me to get out", he said. I just ran down the stairs. You could see the fire is in one of the flats. Authorities will "seek to identify towers that might have a similar process of refurbishment, run a system of checks so that we can, as quickly as possible, give reassurance to people", said Policing and Fire Minister Nick Hurd.
He said he saw people waving flashlights from the top levels of the building and saw rescuers "doing an incredible job" trying to get people out.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan declared the fire a "major incident". High-rise buildings are created to resist fire, stop the spread of smoke and provide a safe means of escape.
"Just a complete nightmare, absolute nightmare".
Khalid Ahmed, a 20-year-old student who lived on the eighth floor, was playing video games when he smelled smoke. "They'd been going down the stairs and she got separated from her 12-year-old daughter and hadn't seen her, so she was in a bad state", she said. "But he takes lots of medication".
Samira Lamrani, a witness, was quoted by The Telegraph as saying that she saw a woman try to save a baby by dropping it from a window "on the ninth or 10th floor" to waiting members of the public below.
Cundy said an extensive area has been sealed off around the decimated building, which was engulfed in flames in most parts from the second floor up to the roof.
Fifty people were hospitalized as rescuers frantically worked through the morning to reach people believed still trapped in the Grenfell Tower in North Kensington.
Yep, we're seeing it again - fake Twitter accounts are stealing random photos from the internet and asking users to retweet "until they're found" - when the appeals are totally bogus. The corridors are full of smoke!' One resident said the fire alarm did not go off. When he stepped out there was suddenly smoke everywhere, the whole corridor was engulfed.
"We saw people looking out the window screaming, 'Help!"
"The fire crew, ambulance and police couldn't do anything, they couldn't get in, and they were just telling them to stay where they are, and we'll come and get you".
"I looked out and I could see the fire travelling up the block".
Another witness, Abdullah Barraq Mohidin, said the fire began as a small one "but no one left their houses".
Law said that British regulations are meant to halt the spread of fire between units and floors in high-rise buildings, but that when that fails "the consequences are often catastrophic".