A resident claims he saw a ‘child on fire’ jump from the 22nd floor of the Grenfell Tower block in west London as the blaze took hold.
The unnamed man said: ‘The fire started happening on third floor, we called the fire bridge who came 20 minutes later, and then the whole thing just went up. An hour-and-a-half later I saw a kid on the 22nd floor on fire, he walked to the window, and he jumped.’
Dozens of horrific eyewitness accounts have begun to emerge from the 27-storey tower block fire in White City this morning, with residents claiming many people are still stuck inside the building which houses 600 people.
A baby was caught by a member of the public after being dropped from Grenfell Tower as it was engulfed with flames, a witness said.
Another resident claimed a woman with six children who was attempting to escape from the 21st floor of the London tower block fire this morning got to the bottom to discover two of them were missing.
There have been a ‘number of fatalities’ at the fire at Grenfell Tower in west London, London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton has told reporters.
One resident broke down as he described how people ‘just threw their kids out screaming ‘save my children”. Another said his mother stepped over a dead body to escape the building.
Samira Lamrani said she saw a woman try to save a baby by dropping it from a window ‘on the ninth or 10th floor’ to waiting members of the public below.
She said: ‘People were starting to appear at the windows, frantically banging and screaming. The windows were slightly ajar, a woman was gesturing that she was about to throw her baby and if somebody could catch her baby.
‘Somebody did, a gentleman ran forward and managed to grab the baby.’
She added: ‘I could see people from all angles, banging and screaming for help. Us members of the public were reassuring them, telling them we’ve done what we can and that we’ve phoned 999, but obviously the look on their face was death.