‘Someone Is Jumping’: After 12 Dead, London Fire Survivors Share The Nightmare

‘Someone Is Jumping’: After 12 Dead, London Fire Survivors Share The Nightmare

LONDON: Sajad Jamalvatan was at the cinema on Tuesday night when he called his mother in a panic. Returned soon declared himself.

“The building is on fire!” She said.

A few minutes later, the biomedical engineering student 22 years round the corner to see Grenfell Tower transforms into a hell.

“As soon as I arrived, someone pointed and said,” Someone jumps! Someone jumps! “He said Wednesday with the lingering smell of smoke in the air. In his opinion, the person jumped from the 16th or 17th floor of the 24-story tower.

This type of fall is not the type that can survive. The death toll has reached at least 12 – with dozens injured and authorities have warned that the death toll could rise.

Witnesses recalled a mother who abandoned her baby on a balcony and young children frantically knocking on windows before disappearing behind a thick layer of smoke.

“See the people dying in front of you …” he said as his voice stopped and stared at the sidewalk.

He said the shield had advanced rapidly and that the alarms were not activated.

“When I arrived, there were 10 apartments on the fire. After that, the whole building was on fire,” he said.

He snapped his fingers. “It’s like this,” he said.

Accounts such as his quickly added to suspicions that the equipment used in the 24-story building could contribute to rapid fire in an enclave of low-cost units in one of Britain’s richest areas.

The tower residents’ association had already warned that the tower was a potential fire hazard – they highlighted their concerns in a blog post last year – and there was palpable street rage that could have been done to prevent the tower fire.

Some complained that the fire alarms were not working properly. Others said that the staircase in the middle of the building was inadequate. Others have said that those who made the building did things on the cheap.

The London fire department calls the fire “unprecedented” and said an investigation was under way.

In a nearby community center, for their part, hundreds gathered in the hope of finding missing friends and relatives, including Muslim residents who had gathered for dinner during the holy month of Ramadan.

Interested people have also arrived in mass, many plastic bags that carry that collapse with food, diapers, toiletries and blankets. A man pushes a baby stroller with water, milk and baked beans cans.

Ahmed Chellat, 60, a retired community worker, was in a community center in search of his brother, wife and three children living on the 21st floor of the tower. He said he talked to his brother’s wife at 1:45 and told him to stay.
When he asked why they were not going to run out of the building, he said: “We are told to stay in – they ask us to cover the doors with towels. But the fire happens a lot.” , He recalled.

When he remembered 30 minutes later, “the last thing he said was”. The smoke was heavy. ”

“If emergency services tell them to stay indoors, it means they have not just come in. Are they big problems,” he said.

Many residents said that the building has been recently renovated and equipped with plastic panels, which have helped the fire spread quickly. “If you were a brick, you would not have set the fire on so fast,” Chellat said.

In such fires elsewhere, the flammable lining was blamed for several fires Highlands fast – including several plaques among the many skyscrapers of Dubai.

Just before the New Year celebration in the 2016 welcome, a fire swept through the 63-storey hotel in Dubai as millions watched the television coverage of the festivities near Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. A handful of people were injured in the fire.