The Grenfell Action Group said it had "posted numerous warnings in recent years about the very poor fire safety standards at Grenfell Tower and elsewhere in RBKC", referring to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the local authority which owns the tower. "A lot of people said 'Help, help, help.' The fire brigade could only help downstairs". It was fire up, up, up. "They couldn't stop it".
"I could hear them screaming for their lives".
The service reported a major incident was declared in the west London after a fire broke out in the early hours of the morning. Volunteers were bringing sandwiches to people forced out of their homes; others donated supplies and money. Exhausted firefighters sprawled on the pavement just inside the police cordon, drinking water from plastic bottles.
At least 12 people are now confirmed to have died in the horrific Grenfell Tower blaze, police have said. London Fire Brigade's Control room took multiple calls, with the first being received at 00.54am The first fire crews arrived on the scene in under six minutes and were faced with a rapidly developing and incredibly complex fire.
One eyewitness, George Clarke, told the BBC: "I'm getting covered in ash, that's how bad it is".
The devastating blaze that swept through Grenfell Tower in west London would have killed more people if Muslims marking the holy month of Ramadan had not been awake to help rescue tenants, a resident has said.
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