London firefighters search for more building inferno victims

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The number is expected to rise further. Steve Apter left the Island in 2015 to become assistant chief fire officer for Hampshire and in December 2016 he joined London Fire Brigade as director of safety and assurance.

DANY COTTON: This is a completely unprecedented fire.

The 29-year-old Grammy victor and her husband Simon Konecki were photographed comforting people at the scene, reported The Telegraph.

The group claimed access to the building was "severely restricted" for emergency services and other vehicles and that residents were advised to stay in their flats in case of fire.

The death toll from a horrific blaze in the British captial is now 17, but searchers are yet to reach the upper floors of the apartment tower, where many more bodies may lie.

The Telegraph said that residents did not hear the fire alarm on their floors.

Tamara, one witness, told the BBC: "There's people, like, throwing their kids out, 'Just save my children, just save my children!'". I just hope they have got everyone out.

There were reports that some leapt out of windows.

"I spoke to a lady that lives on the 21st floor". It was about a quarter to 2. "I stood and watched in horror, you ran to fix the horror".

She said the building's structure was stable enough for fire crews to scale inside, searching for survivors. "We saw them dying".

"One woman actually threw her son out of the window".

I left my phone at home so I went back to grab it and, by the time I got back, the road was completely blocked off, the fire had dramatically spread. She said, now the smoke is coming into the flat heavily.

The PM last night promised a "proper investigation" into the causes of the fire, saying: "If there are any lessons to be learnt then they will be and action will be taken".

JAMES WOOD: This has been going on for years, the lack of fire safety.

"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", Rydon, the firm behind the refurbishment work, said in a statement. And so if it can happen over there it could easily happen in our building. London Fire Brigade has been contacted for comment.

The focus for investigators is external cladding, which appeared to act as an accelerant for the flames that swept up the newly refurbished 1970s tower. The company that performed the renovation said all materials followed safety guidelines.

"There were people who were lost, people who can't find their families".

CHELLAT: Council has a lot of questions to answer.

Many people are unaccounted for and firefighters are continuing to tackle "pockets of fire", with the operation now in the "recovery phase".