London is proving to not be a very safe place to live these days. This incident is in no way proven to be connected with the Manchester bombing about 3 weeks ago or the London Bridge stabbing 10 days ago. That being said, London is going through a very rough patch as of right now.
Around 1am last night, a huge fire broke out in Grenfell Tower close to Notting Hill in London. Firefighters were called and they ended up fighting the fire until even after sunrise. Putting it out required the use of over 200 firefighters and multiple ambulance crews. There was so much debris that nearby apartment buildings had to be evacuated as well.
Grenfell Tower itself was an apartment complex that housed over 120 individual apartments. As of right now, as the title of this article suggests, there are 12 confirmed deaths with many other injuries. Throughout the night, nearby citizens reported hearing screams of Grenfell Tower dwellers calling for help and flashing the flashlights on their smart phones on and off to get people’s attention.
Here is an official quote from the London Fire Brigade Commissioner, Dany Cotton, on the incident “An unprecedented incident. In my 29 years of being a firefighter, I have never ever seen anything of this scale. Based on the level of resources need at this fire, we declared this a major incident very early this morning.”
As of right now there is no confirmed cause of the incident. Some are saying it was a faulty refrigerator that caused it and others are saying a potential arsonist was involved. Others still are saying it could be a terrorist attack in line with the Manchester bombing and London Bridge stabbing. This is a completely rational thought to have considering the frequency of attacks on British soil, specifically in London, this close together in time. However, neither ISIS nor other radical terrorist groups have taken responsibility for the attack as of my writing this. That being said, the story is still developing as we speak.