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Grenfell Tower Fire Victims

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By: cfalzone

Published: 1 year ago

At least 79 people died in an early morning fire at London’s 24-story Grenfell Tower apartment building Wednesday, June 14, 2017, according to multiple news sources.

Some residents put the death toll much higher, upwards of 120 people. According to The Guardian, "While there is widespread acceptance that police and coroners are working in uniquely challenging conditions, unable to access parts of the building that are too dangerous to enter, there is frustration among residents that officials have not released a number of those people who survived, or an estimate of the numbers of people ordinarily resident in the block."

One resident, biomedical engineering student Sajad Jamalvatan, has established a Whatsapp community called Grenfell United that includes 86 families who escaped. Jamalvatan told The Guardian he was trying to compile a database of survivors.

Meanwhile, Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton has called the fire “an unprecedented incident. … In my 29 years of being a firefighter, I have never, ever seen anything of this scale."

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