London’s Grenfell Tower apartment building got engulfed by an unprecedented fire. The incident took place at around 1 a.m. on 14th June. The 24-storey building is in London’s North Kensington area. It housed approximately 500 people in 120 apartments.
A Dangerous Fire at Grenfell Tower
17 people have died as a result of this fire and this number is expected to rise. 79 people were taken to the hospital. Out of these, 18 remain in critical condition. Dozens of people are still missing due to this tragedy.
It took more than 200 firefighters and 40 fire engines hours to overcome the blaze. The local community also responded to help and rescue needs. The fire is believed to have started from the 4th floor of the building. However, its cause is still unknown. Grenfell Tower was built in the 1970s and was refurbished in 2016 at a cost of £8.6 million. Residents’ groups have claimed that they had been voicing concerns about the safety of the building for many years. Moreover, the survivors complained that their fire alarms had not been set off by the blaze. A blog post from
Residents’ groups have claimed that they had been voicing concerns about the safety of the building for many years. Moreover, the survivors complained that their fire alarms had not been set off by the blaze. A blog post from Grenfell Action Group in November 2016 said “only a catastrophic event” would expose the concerns residents had. The group said there was one entry/exit to the tower during improvement works and it had issues with evacuation procedures.
How The People Responded
The incident led many people to question British Prime Minister Theresa May’s administration. Others criticized her for failing to meet residents during her visit to the scene.
Theresa May makes "private" visit to Grenfell Tower, still hiding, still avoiding difficult questions, does she really think we don't know.
— Keith R (@TheHornyHaggis) June 15, 2017
Theresa May at Grenfell tower today. Maybe she'd have gained more understanding meeting firefighters in the first image rather than the 2nd. pic.twitter.com/BWtQATbQDg
— Mike Holden #FBPE (@MikeHolden42) June 15, 2017
Messages of solidarity poured in from all parts of the world after the incident. The Queen issued a message of condolence and paid tribute to the bravery of firefighters.
A message from The Queen following the fire in Grenfell Tower yesterday: https://t.co/p31TIfTf17
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 15, 2017
Many Muslim charity organizations, such as Islamic Relief and Muslim Aid chipped in to help. Most of their volunteers worked throughout the day during the Ramzan fast to help the victims.
A number of Islamic cultural centers and mosques like the Al-Manaar Mosque opened their doors to help those affected. Muslim Aid and Islamic Relief have together raised more than £73,000 for those caught up in the fire at the block in North Kensington.
Other communities also contributed to the efforts. West London residents offered their homes to people displaced by the fire. Residents of that area posted messages of support on the social media. They immediately offered food, clothes and a place to stay. St Clement’s Church, opened its doors to the victims. Also, the Clement Attlee Estate Hall and Central Gurdwara (Sikh temple) have been offering their services.
People only have their pyjamas Need spare clothes, toys, toiletries – all ages:
— Sophia (@SophiaCannon) June 14, 2017
Vigil outside the Notting Hill Methodist Church. Powerful words. pic.twitter.com/35TPLxZKQu
— Ιman | ايمان (@ImaniAmrani) June 15, 2017
— Harjinder Singh Kukreja (@SinghLions) June 14, 2017
Locals Play Their Part
People have set up a crowdfunding site. It has already raised £28,500. Other places offered food and shelter for those in need.
— GLL🌸Katti (@KattiPlays) June 14, 2017
— Barlby Primary (@primary_barlby) June 14, 2017
British entertainers like Simon Cowell expressed their desire to contribute to the fundraising efforts.
We hope to confirm a record tomorrow which will raise some money for the many people affected by this tragedy. Making calls tonight.
— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) June 15, 2017
Local comedians teamed up for a benefit show for the Grenfell Tower victims.
— Off The Kerb (@OffTheKerb) June 15, 2017
And resident lawyers are offering their free services to the displaced.
If residents of Grenfell Tower want legal help with compensation and responsibility many lawyers will be happy to help. For free. I will.
— Jo Maugham QC (@JolyonMaugham) June 15, 2017
London’s administration and police have expressed concerns that the death toll could rise above 100 as the days pass. PM Theresa May has ordered a public inquiry of the cause of the fire. She has also promised that all affectees would be rehoused locally. People also planned a rally in Westminster on Friday (16th June) to call for justice for those caught up in the Grenfell Tower fire.