“The people who died and lost their homes, this happened to them because they are poor”, said the MOBO award-winning artist, who resides in the area, in an interview withChannel 4.

The blaze early Wednesday in the 24-story building in west London’s North Kensington district also injured 74 others, 18 of them critically, and left an unknown number missing.

Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton told Sky News it would be a “miracle” if any survivors were found at this point.

“As the commissioner of London Fire Brigade, I was truly anxious for a long time about the safety of the building and my firefighters in there”.

He said urban search units backed by specialist dog teams would slowly make their way through the building as structural surveyors helped make the tower safe.

The tower block was recently refurbished at a cost of £8.7 million, with work completed in May a year ago. “But even if they are, smoke and fire will spread through the joints and connections”.

By Thursday, community centers had been so overwhelmed by food and clothing donations that they started turning away new donations.

“We need to understand what happened on that awful night and as the Prime Minister has said, get a really proper factually-based, evidence-based understanding of what happened on that night, and what happened in the run-in to that night”.

Kensington and Chelsea Council admitted it had received complaints over the refurbishment works, after a residents’ action group said its warnings about safety had fallen on “deaf ears”.

“We will cooperate with the relevant authorities and emergency services and fully support their enquiries into the causes of this fire at the appropriate time“, it said. Now that the smoke has cleared, the public could only gape at the huge burned-out hulk in the working class, multi-ethnic neighborhood.

The Lacrosse building in Melbourne’s docklands caught fire in November 2014 after a cigarette on the eighth floor sparked.

“Seventeen people are now known to have died in the bad fire at Grenfell Tower”.

Last night Adele made a low-key visit to Grenfell Tower, where she comforted local residents dealing with the fire’s aftermath. Some people jumped to their deaths rather than face the flames, and witnesses reported seeing small children thrown from the tower by their families in a desperate bid to survive.

Paul Munakr, who lived on the seventh floor of the tower, told the BBC on Wednesday that he first realized there was a fire in the building when he heard people on the street below calling out, “Don’t jump, don’t jump”.

Parents wrapped wet towels around their children as they tried to escape, with others seen desperately waving for help from the higher floors.

The renovation project included installation of insulated exterior cladding, double-glazed windows and a communal heating system.

More than £480,000 ($612,308) had been raised online for the victims by Thursday morning, while local community centres were inundated by donations of clothes and food.


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