An unknown variety of British Filipinos had been injured or are still missing after an enormous blaze ravaged a London tower block early this morning (Wednesday, June 14).
In an announcement issued on its Facebook web page, the Philippine Embassy within the United Kingdom stated: “The Embassy has confirmed that Filipinos are among those injured and affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower.”
The embassy was unable to substantiate what number of Filipinos had been affected, however stated “a number of them” had been taken to emergency shelters.
UK Consul General Senen Mangalile stated there have been about 5,000 Filipinos residing within the Royal Borough of Kensington the place the tower is situated.
Mangalile additionally stated the embassy is able to present help to Filipino victims of the blaze.
The Embassy’s emergency quantity is +44 7802 790695 and e-mail tackle is [email protected]
Filipinos who’re involved about buddies or family in London can name the Casualty Bureau on (+44) 800 0961 233 or (+44) 207 1580197.
London Fire Brigade stated the hearth had engulfed all flooring from the second to the highest of the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London, leaving at the least six residents useless and plenty of extra severely injured. The death toll is predicted to rise.
Eyewitness stories describe folks trapped by the hearth desperately shouting from their home windows for assist.
Witness Samira Lamrani described how one lady wrapped a child up “in some sort of thick blanket” and threw her from the ninth or tenth ground. “Miraculously the baby just sort of dropped in a straight line, and a guy just ran forward and the baby fell into his arms,” she stated.
The fireplace is believed to have began as a consequence of a defective fridge, however investigations are persevering with.
There are additionally severe questions being requested about the way it unfold so shortly by means of the 1970s constructed tower block, which was refurbished and upgraded final 12 months.
London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton known as it an “unprecedented incident,” including “number of fatalities” had been confirmed.
“In my 29 years of being a firefighter, I have never, ever seen anything of this scale,” she stated.