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we hope to find her safe. we are looking at the best and worst case scenarios of her being in a hospital somewhere, possibly unconscious, unable to identify herself. she is only 12. she's not going to be carrying any sort of id, so that is our hopes for now. until they know what has happened to jessica, they will not give up the search. they will not give up the hope. one of those caught up in the fire was just one of those caught up in the fire wasjust 16 and one of those caught up in the fire was just 16 and went on to take her gcses the next day. what was it like being caught up in the fire? at first we thought it was not really anything major. we only realised how deep it was once our flat had caught fire. your family was on the 13th floor. how easy was it to escape? we we re floor. how easy was it to escape? we were one of the first to leave so it was easy. it was just in one flat so
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everything was controlled. then... yeah. what happened after that? what did you see? it wasjust one fire and within six minutes it had risen six floors above and it went up uncontrollably. could you believe how quickly it spread? no. i thought it was controlled. i never thought i would not go back home. it must be extremely difficult for you standing looking up towards your home that has disappeared. yes, everything has gone. what was it that drove you to ta ke gone. what was it that drove you to take your gcse the next day and how was it? i am going to take chemistry for a—level and i had a chemistry gcse so i thought it was worth doing for my future. thank you. if there are people who are still worried about missing relatives and of
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course there are dozens of them, there is a police casualty bureau number that you can call. it was a long night last night for many londoners, some of whom slept in shelters or temporary accommodation. and it wasn'tjust those who had to flee the tower block, many residents were forced to evacuate neighbouring properties. thomas magill has been hearing their stories. a friend of mine witnessed our friend on the 26th floor screaming for her to help him. bedding down for the night, these are just some of the hundreds of residents evacuated with nothing as yesterday's fire tore through grenfell tower metres from their homes. they said i was not allowed to take anything with me, which was fair enough, but they told me to leave
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the cat and i said i can't, because it is my daughter's cat, to be honest. how long have you been here? i have been here for a couple of hours, a few hours. what is it like? a bit upsetting, but to be honest i am not too sure, i am a bit confused at the moment. mary is not alone. this is a community displaced and devastated. we also met this woman and her three children who were woken by the police in the early hours of the morning. my kids are in shock. their school is the one that was right next to the building. they have no school. i cannot go to work at the moment. we have run out with nothing. how has that been? obviously i am just in a state of shock at the moment. this family is amongst dozens who are either not allowed to return home or who have had their home destroyed in this horrific fire but amongst the stories of devastation have been ones of bravery, compassion and generosity. three things this community is going to need a lot of in the weeks and months to come. it did not take long for that
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goodwill to kick in with people arriving from all over the country to muck in and help where they could. it is calm and it is warm and generous and people are working hard and being very supportive of each other and generally there's a feeling ofjust real strength at this stage. this woman and her family are grateful for their help and thankful that unlike so many others they are all together. i have been very fortunate to be able to pick up my kids and run for my life. these people, we do not know their situation at the moment. we are hearing so many things going on. that is likely to continue as the agonising search for missing loved ones goes on. nothing prepares you for the
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devastation until you stand here and look at it. when you look at that building it really is quite extraordinary and takes your breath away, so imagine what it must be like for people in the area who witnessed the fire, people who were inside the building at the time, people who were part of the emergency services who have had to deal with trying to get people to safety. extraordinary. the work of the fire brigade is very much supported by the people of london. london's fire commissioner spoke earlier about her concerns for their mental health. i am concerned longer term about the mental impact on a lot of people who were here because it was an unprecedented event and people saw and heard things on a scale they have never seen before. going forward one of my main concerns for my firefighters is for their well—being and doing trauma and counselling for them.
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earlier i spoke to the fire brigades union about the support those firefighters will be receiving now. the london fire brigade, in conjunction with the fire brigades union in london, agreed for the firefighters to be taken to paddington fire station where the counselling and well—being service, a service run by the london fire brigade for specifically traumatic events, was set up. so every firefighter who was in attendance at this incident was seen by the counselling and well—being service. the impact of the trauma, that can be quite profound, can't it? it is horrific. the sights that the members of the fire brigades union in london have seen at a traumatic event of this nature. we have had previous events ranging from the croydon tram incident to the westminster bridge attack and borough market as well and firefighters were exposed
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to scenes that they did not expect to see on that night. will the support of the firefighters be ongoing? you do not get over something like this in one night. how long will the support be there for? there is no telling how long it is going to last in the minds of firefighters. the support needs to be there for entirety and for firefighters for their future. the unfortunate thing is that under the cuts previously when borisjohnson was mayor we suffered extreme cuts to the fire service, the counselling service was reduced from 11; councillors to two. londoners universally have a huge amount of respect and time for the fantastic work that firefighters do. does that make a difference to firefighters, knowing they have the support of londoners? yes, of course it does, and we really value that support. the fire brigades union values that support, but we need to ensure that the right and proper counselling and welfare is there for firefighters, after especially these events and all other events that firefighters are exposed to and the scenes that they sea. the incredible work of firefighters
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which has been supported by the people of london. they have managed to get the fire out of that burning building. it was burning and this morning. it is not completely out but emergency services doing their best to keep things safe. our reporter is that one of the donation centres. lam centres. iamat centres. i am at notting hill methodist church which has become a focal point for the motion that the community feels and the set focal point or one of them for the generosity of londoners because the question was what can we do to help? they have been inundated with people bringing blankets, clothes, toiletries. the message is thank you but we have enough. the big difficulty is distributing its to the people who need it. they have a local community failed here. the
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system is to have runners going from the church to the sports centre where iraq some of the displaced families are staying, as steam them what they need and coming back to see if they have it. there's a short list of things people are looking and sanitisers, hear bands, prayer mats, underwear and pyjamas. at the moment they say thank you but they have enough. what can we do? there have enough. what can we do? there have been several funds set up. collective just giving funds raised £1.6 million and 2a hours and i expect that number is still growing. this has been a focal point for the emotion that has been running high in the community here and there is a vigil here this evening in about an hour to reflect on the events. hello and welcome to 100 days plus.
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sniffer dogs have been sent into grenfell tower with the grim task of finding bodies. at the moment we know 17 people were killed in the blaze — as the last of the fires are dampened down, specialist teams are now working inside the tower to secure parts of the building. we know there will be more. it is the upper floors that will be more challenging and need additional shoring to get in there. the size of this building, it could take weeks. i want to be realistic, it is a very long process. there are lots of questions. where did the fire start, how did it spread so quickly? the prime minister, who visited the scene today, has ordered a full public inquiry. this is the view right now of what remains of the tower — we'll be live in west london for the latest.


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