Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell. Reuters
15 June, 2017, 01:55
A huge fire engulfed a 27-story block of flats in central London on Wednesday injuring a number of people and possibly trapping some residents inside the towering inferno.
Witnesses described people leaping from the building and of trapped children banging on windows as the fire broke out at around 1 a.m. local time, while people slept.
"We could hear people screaming, "help me, help me", and flashing their phone lights to let people know they were there".
We could do nothing and we could see the stuff on the side was falling off, collapsing.
"I saw three people putting sheets together to climb down, but no one climbed down". It wouldn't be helpful to speculate on that until they have got to the bottom of it. In all, five people were taken to area hospitals, including the suspect, Alexandria police said.
Expressing his heartfelt sympathy to those who have been affected by the tragedy in London, UUP MLA Andy Allen said: "With a number of tower blocks in Belfast recently refurbished or now undergoing refurbishment, I have contacted the Northern Ireland Housing Executive so people can be assured that any materials used for the cladding, insulation and general renovation of tower blocks do not present a fire hazard".
Mike Penning, a member of British Parliament who is a former firefighter, said "cladding was clearly spreading the fire".
One resident of the tower, Michael Paramasivan, said he was watching TV as his girlfriend and daughter slept, next to his sleeping girlfriend when he smelled burning plastic. Flumes of black and gray smoke were billowing high into the air over London hours after the blaze was sparked.
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"The more I looked up, floor upon floor". She left with all six of them. When she got downstairs there was only four of them with her. "She is now breaking her heart", Michael Paramasivan, a block resident, told BBCradio.
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