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tonight at ten: there's to be a full public inquiry into the fire that destroyed grenfell tower — this residential block in west london. so far the number of dead stands at 17, but many people are still missing and the number could rise significantly as the recovery work continues. we know there will be more. it's the upper floors that will be more challenging and will need some additional shoring for us to be able to get in there. the size of this building, it could take weeks. i want to be realistic — this is a very long process. the first victim has been named as mohammad alhajali, a syrian refugee studying engineering whose brother was rescued from the same flat by the fire brigade. i said, "why you didn't come? they brought us outside — i thought you were with us." he said, "no one brought me outside." he said, "why you left me?" dozens of people are still listed as missing, as appeals are made by families and friends for information.
jessica is a 12—year—old vibrant young girl who will be turning 13 next month. she's a lovely little girl with a bubbly personality. we are just worried and concerned about her and we just want her home. in the local community the profound shock and grief are still evident, but there's growing anger — and a demand for answers. at the moment, we're grieving but there's a bubbling anger underneath and we do want to see someone held accountable for this. the prime minister made a private visit to the scene and later announced the public inquiry into the disaster. we need to know what happened. we need to have an explanation of this. we owe that to the families, to the people who have lost loved ones, friends, and the homes in which they lived. and we'll be reporting on the work of the fire fighters — and what they've had to face in the past 48 hours. and coming up in sportsday on bbc
news — india have reached the icc champions trophy final after thrashing bangladesh. they'll meet pakistan in sunday's final. good evening from west london, where the prime minister came earlier today to see the devastation caused by the fire at grenfell tower — and then promised a full public inquiry into what happened. the fire which destroyed this residential housing block in the early hours of yesterday morning spread very quickly, and the number of dead confirmed so far is 17 — though that figure is expected to rise. the emergency services say it will take weeks to complete a full search of the building. and there's a sense of growing anger
in the local community about warnings being ignored. our first report on the latest on the tower block fire is by our home editor, mark easton. a warning — there are some distressing details in his report. slowly, inch by painstaking inch, fire officers continue their grim and dangerous work. amid the soot—blackened shell of what was once home to hundreds are some who did not make it out. exactly how many, we do not know, but police today said they hoped the final death toll would not be in three figures. the scale of this tragedy is yet to become clear. sadly i can confirm the number of people who have died is now 17. we do believe that that number will sadly increase. there are 37 people receiving treatment, of which 17 are still in critical care. the brother of these two syrians
was one of those who lost his life. mohammed alhajali was an engineering student seeking a better life in britain. omar was with him as firemen tried to evacuate the blazing building but the pair got separated. i looked behind me, i could not see my brother. i said, my brother, my brother, where is he? they were ignoring downstairs. i went outside. i called him. i said, where are you? he said, i'm in the flat. i said why could you not come? they brought us outside. i thought you were with us. he said nobody brought me outside. he said why have you left me? he said why? i didn't leave! i thought they took him outside with me. they didn't. they left him. younger brother hashim continued to talk to mohammed on his mobile
phone until there was no reply. he said, please tell mum to pray for me. telling me, use the quran for him. he said, are you happy? are you happy with me? do you have any problem with me? isaid, no, who has a problem with you? you have a sweet heart mohammed. you'll make it out. then he said... he was speaking slowly... he said, i can't... i cannot breath. iam dying. they left me. why? relatives of five—year—old isaac paulos confirmed today that the little boy was among those who died in the fire. the agony of a wounded neighbourhood is written on a wall, the desperation of people searching for family and friends. prayers and solace from near and far. for the last two days,
jason garcia has been searching for his 12—year—old cousinjessica urbano. we feel helpless really. we are hoping that, by putting up posters, sharing her image on social media, and talking to people like yourself, that maybe someone with information will get in touch. thy kingdom come... this evening, jessica's parents and friends gathered together in a community that is craving answers but complains of delays and evasion. at the moment we are grieving, but there is a bubbling anger underneath and we want to see somebody held accountable for this. the love and generosity that has poured into north kensington in the last couple of days cannot make up for the numbing sense of loss. the prime minister made a private visit to the scene today, speaking to emergency workers before announcing there will be a full public inquiry into what went wrong. when i spoke to the emergency
services, they told me the way this fire progressed and how it took hold of the building was rapid, ferocious and unexpected. we have to get to the bottom of this. the truth has got to come out, and it will. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn also went in north kensington, insisting he would speak up for the community. shock and grief are being joined by outrage and anger. the questions are raining down, rather like the charred lumps of cladding, which locals are holding up as possible evidence that people were housed in a preventable death trap. this tower block fire looks just like north kensington. they came in and said, "get out, get out, evacuate now." but it was three years ago in melbourne, australia. and the similarities do not stop there. those of us who have been around for 30 years or more have never seen a fire develop in this way. in my 29 years in the london fire brigade, i have never seen a fire of this nature, and i have seen many high—rise fires.
attention in australia focused on the building's aluminium cladding, an enquiry blaming cheaper plastic fibre backed cladding rather than mineral fibre backed. the same distinction is being made about grenfell tower, although the authorities insist building regulations were followed. london mayor sadiq khan was heckled by a small group of people on a visit to grenfell tower today. i don't want to hear this rubbish. feelings are running high. understandably, the residents are very angry and concerned and have genuine questions that demand answers and so whereas... someone needs to be held accountable. these deaths could have been prevented! the concerns are notjust about what went wrong in north kensington, they are also about what could go wrong in thousands of tower blocks across britain. residents at trellick tower, who can see grenfell tower from their balconies, now have a constant and disturbing reminder of the risks of high—rise living. mark easton, bbc news, north
kensington. there were hundreds of people in the building when the fire started, and many families are waiting anxiously for news about their loved ones and posting notices locally appealing for information. the police warned today that they may never be able to identify all of those who died. our special correspondent lucy manning reports now on the families' search for relatives. you may find some of the details upsetting. mohammed hakim fears he's lost everyone — his mother, father, two brothers and sister. all his extended family supporting him now rushed to the fire when the calls of panic came. i spoke to her and the last few words she said to me was, "please forgive me if i've said anything to upset you or hurt you. i don't think we're going to make it out of the building." they were supposed to be celebrating next month.
his sister, husna, was getting married, but the entire family were trapped on the 17th floor. they were reciting from the koran. and it wasjust heartbreaking, and then itjust cut out. and then i rang husna. she was, like, we're not going to make it, we can't make it, we can see flames under the door. we can see flames under the door. i kept saying, try and put things under the door to stop the smoke coming in and get as low as you can and open the windows. someone's going to come, callthe fire brigade, do something. and then she stopped talking. all i could hear was this crackling noise in the background, because the phone was still on, but she wasn't saying anything. the not knowing is killing me. i really need to find out where they are. the family stood helpless outside, unable to rescue them. this is the worst thing i remember in my life.
i saw my uncle, from the 17th floor. he opened the window. he kept shouting, "please, help us, get us out." he was saying allah's name, and all this. i kept looking at him, helpless. mohammed, it must be extremely difficult, just not knowing? not losing one member of my family, but losing all five, the whole, entire family. i don't have my parents any more and you only get one set of parents in this world. and i had three siblings. they are all gone, in the space of a couple of hours, after leaving their house, they are all gone. and no—one wants to give us any information about their whereabouts, if they are still within the building, or not. they still have hope, but feel bereft of help. adel chaoui is another relative deep in grief and frustration. ba by leena belkadi, just six months old,
is missing, along with her mum, farah, and her dad, omar. they eventually found two of the baby's sisters in hospital. we cajoled and begged a nurse to go upstairs and after ten minutes, one of them offered to do so and came down and told us they had a child that matched the description, did we want to come up and have a look. we found one of the children there, the younger. my brother's looking around, and he's staring at another bed. and asks farah‘s older sister to have a look. farah‘s older sister says, "that's the other child, that's the older one." they were beds apart and nobody in authority was making any effort to identify them. you've had to do this all yourself? we've had to do it ourselves. so many families here are looking, hoping, dreading the news that may come. lucy manning, bbc news, west london.
throughout the day people living in this community have been expressing anger and frustration, demanding to know who would be held accountable for the tragedy, while the search for missing relatives and friends continued. our correspondent fergus walsh reports now on those still missing after the grenfell tower fire. hour by hour, the roll call of the missing and the dead lengthens. friends and relatives, desperate for information, have posted photos and messages on social media. many children are among those unaccounted for. ii—year—old fidoz kadir and his 13—year—old brother yaya lived on the 20th floor with their parents and six—year—old brother. all are missing. fatima, mirna, and three—year—old zainab choucair also lived on the 20th floor of grenfell tower with their parents and grandmother.
again all six are missing. birktee haftam and her 12—year—old son birup lived on the 18th floor. relatives have said they have visited every hospital treating the casualties and got no word. zainab dean lived on the 14th floor with her two—year—old son jeremiah. she called her brother and said she had been told to stay in her flat. eventually the phone cutout. mirania ibrahim and her two daughters, five—year—old fatiya and hanya, who is three, were on the 23rd floor. the 30—year—old posted footage on social media from the smoke—filled landing before going back in herflat. khadija saye on the left is a 24—year—old photographer whose work is on show at the venice biennale. she lived on the 20th floor with her mother mary mendy. both are missing.
gloria trevisan, an architect, and her partner marco gottardi are from italy. they had only recently moved into a flat on the 23rd floor. they were unable to get out and called their relatives at 4am to say smoke was rising. a family lawyer said there is no hope of finding them alive. more names, more faces are still to come. behind every picture there is a family, friends and loved ones searching, hoping and in some cases already grieving. and fergus is at st mary's hospital in paddington now with an update for us on those who are being treated. fergus, what's the latest? tonight i can tell you that 30 patients are being treated across
four hospitals. 15 of those are in critical care. all have been identified and their relatives are with them. the main injury that is being treated is from breathing in smoke. that can cause inflammation of the airwaves and in some cases it is so serious that the patients have been given a general anaesthetic and have been put into an induced medical coma and that gives time for their airwaves to heal. another problem is carbon monoxide poisoning. although that can be serious, by giving the page as oxygen, that can be successfully treated. there's an emergency number for anyone concerned about relatives or friends. the metropolitan police casualty bureau can be reached on 0800 0961233. in north kensington is our home
editor mark easton. you have been talking to a lot of people today. the mood has changed during the day, how do you sense it? there is anger in the airand how do you sense it? there is anger in the air and frustration right now at what many people see as a lack of organisation and coordination. there are people to night sleeping on the floor on mattresses in a local sports centre. the council says they have provided emergency, temporary accommodation to 79 households. they have focused on elderly people and families with young children. but there are hundreds by some estimates, thousands of people, who have been made homeless not only from the tower behind us but from other buildings that have had to be evacuated. we are being told by the emergency services that this tragedy is farfrom emergency services that this tragedy is far from over. emergency services that this tragedy
is farfrom over. the harrowing job of going through the building and identifying the bodies will take not just days, but weeks. i think we can say that this story will be dominating our news and our politics and it will be providing a black backdrop to our lives going into the summer. backdrop to our lives going into the summer. thank you for now. maybe we will have another word before the end of the programme. let's talk a little more about the government response, the political context. as we've heard, both theresa may and jeremy corbyn visited the area today. and at westminster, mps questioned the minister for policing and the fire service, nick hurd. he described what happened here as "a national tragedy". the labour mp david lammy — one of whose friends is still missing — called for a criminal investigation. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg reports on the political reaction. in an emergency, who's in charge? the prime minister met firefighters who have given everything at grenfell, but none of the families that have
lost everything they had. she met volunteers on the ground, but returning to number 10, the focus today, getting help to those that need it. the government stands ready to provide every assistance necessary to the emergency services and to the local authority. i know we've all heard absolutely heartbreaking, as i did this morning, heartbreaking stories of the people that were caught up in this terrible, terrible tragedy. the labour leader was on hand in a local church, hearing fears... somebody has to be held accountable, somebody has to be held responsible. we do not want this kicked into the long grass. we do not want the government to hide this with some hollow platitudes that lessons will be learned. ..and anger. give them hell. give them absolute hell. they knew. they knew that grenfell was unsafe. they knew that. we cannot allow people to live in a dangerous state, and that is a worry, but the resources have to be found
and we will demand and make sure those resources are found. with worries for people who live in similar blocks and so much still unknown, mps demanded a meeting with ministers. when we talk about this as a tragedy, we're talking about it as if it's an act of god. the truth is, it wasn't some natural disaster. this is a man—made disaster. we look to you both, as ministers, to leave no stone unturned in getting justice and getting to the bottom of this. it's really important that there is utter clarity today about whether people should stay in their flats in the event of another horrific fire, which could happen this afternoon, as we speak here, or whether they should leave. i would like to see the minister putting resources into the fire service to make sure they have the
resources to do full inspections of all the other blocks across the country within the next week. all the other blocks across the country within the next week. the government did promise all the survivors would get new homes near the tower. we have to act and think as if it was our friends, our family in that block. we have to have that emotional connection with what is going on, because there is no room for cool, detached, plodding bureaucracy. yet only those that lost their beds, their homes and their loved ones can ever truly know. laura is in westminster tonight. we have heard already about anger, resentment and frustration directed at some authorities and government. how is that being seen at westminster? at westminster politicians are very well aware that kind of sentiment may develop very fast. the government has a very complicated to do less. the immediate priorities is making sure help is getting quickly to where it
is needed most, release extra cash for the council. emergency funding has been put in place. thirdly, the government has acted quickly to announce a full public enquiry and the prime minister wants that to get going without delay. but at westminster there is a depressing sense that any inquiry beyond looking at the particularities of what actually happened is likely to reveal a picture of successive governments simply not prepared to put enough political effort, time or energy into making sure this kind of housing is up to scratch. 0f energy into making sure this kind of housing is up to scratch. of course there are huge layers of regulations, there are different layers of accountability. housing associations, the individual council before you get to central government, but in westminster there is that sentiment that ultimately a picture will be painted that politicians have for a long time just not paid enough attention to this kind of issue. for any
government this kind of big, national tragedy is required to deal with a huge sensitivity and nimbleness, but right now this is an extremely fragile government. the state 0pening extremely fragile government. the state opening of parliament is not under way and theresa may is only just days after a bruising political defeat. so the complexity of a situation like this is a huge political risk for number ten in particular. while theresa may's team believe she made the decision not to visit residents and families of the victims of this tragedy, they think they made those decisions for the right reasons, they did not want to get in the way, they wanted to allow the emergency effort to carry on not impeded and it is not her style to have television cameras trailing her every m ove , have television cameras trailing her every move, but with the mood is developing that decision could prove to bea developing that decision could prove to be a miscalculation. events like this can require real displays of
empathy rather than just a concentration of getting on with the job. many thanks. as laura was saying, the government was saying the public enquiry will deal with all aspects of what happened and insists downing street completely understand the shock and anger felt by many people. there are many questions outstanding for the local authority, builders, and subcontractors, as well as the company that managed grenfell tower. 0ur correspondent tom symonds reports on the investigations that will take place into the causes of the fire — and why it spread so rapidly. g re nfell tower grenfell tower showing its age a few yea rs grenfell tower showing its age a few years ago. it was built in the 19605 and recently it was refurbished. new cladding and windows were added, standard treatment given to tower is all over the country. so why this? how did it start? why did it 5pread so how did it start? why did it 5pread so fast? it is clear something went
badly wrong. colin todd wrote the guidelines council ‘5 use when con5idering fire safety in tower blocks. i have been in fire safety for 41 yea r5 blocks. i have been in fire safety for 41 years and never seen a fire of this nature in terms of speed of 5pread of this nature in terms of speed of spread and extent of development. investigators' first priority will be to find out how it managed to 5pread so quickly and without any containment. these are the plans for the renovation of the tower. they include cladding panels and insulation fixed to its wall5, part ofa insulation fixed to its wall5, part of a system of components designed to contain any fire. the panels do not have to be completely fireproof, but the system is supposed to slow down the spread of flames. the aftermath of the grenfell tower fire suggests the opposite happened. harley facades i5 suggests the opposite happened. harley facades is responsible for the cladding, its materials and i5 fitting. wa5 the cladding, its materials and i5 fitting. was the work properly completed? fitting. was the work properly completed ? the company fitting. was the work properly completed? the company says it is
not aware of any link to the fire. ride and manage the project and in5i5t5 it met all the relevant safety 5ta nda rds. in5i5t5 it met all the relevant safety standards. the kensington and chelsea management a55ociation manages the tower and it submitted a planning application which will be scrutinised closely. and the borough council own5 scrutinised closely. and the borough council owns the building. it agreed the planning application and was responsible for signing of the completed work. the council will be at the centre of various enquirie5. all the companies involved face intense scrutiny of their work and of the specifications and which it was carried out. this is a family firm and the staff here are devastated over what happened, and they say they will work closely with they say they will work closely with the various investigations. the london fire brigade today used a drone to examine the wreckage and is leading those enquiries. its teams will have to work out the cause of the fire. 0ne will have to work out the cause of the fire. one theory among residents is that a faulty fridge was the
spark. if there is evidence of arson or negligence, the police will step in and there is a possibility companies could be prosecuted for manslaughter. but the government's announcement of a public enquiry places the grenfell tower disaster alongside an event like hillsborough. then 96 died. today the police said they hoped the number of lost lives would not reach three figures. reach three figures. the recently—appointed housing minister alok sharma has said the government's started talking to local authorities and housing associations about how they will ensure that the homes they're responsible for are safe. but there are still questions about how ministers have responded to previous fires in tower blocks. 0ur science editor david shukman has been looking as some of the safety issues that have been raised in the past — and reports on the future of tower block safety. the london fire has triggered concern right across the country. in belfast, fire safety leaflets are being handed out by the housing authority.
suddenly there's intense scrutiny at every detail of the arrangements to cope with the fire. there are now questions about safety in all tower blocks, but with a particular focus on the ones that have been fitted with cladding. experts point to fires like this one, in southampton, in 2010, where two firefighters died, and where the installation of sprinklers might have made all the difference. people don't die in sprinkler buildings. a single death in a sprinkler building is a very, very rare event anywhere in the world. multiple death is almost unheard of. one of many tragic aspects of this tower block disaster is that for years experts have warned of the dangers of fire. back in 2013, a coroner called for sprinklers to be fitted to existing council tower blocks. a fire in south london had killed six people, but the recommendation wasn't followed — and sprinklers are usually only installed in new buildings. next, having just one staircase — like in grenfell tower —
has repeatedly been criticised as a hazard, limiting the chance for people to escape and for firefighters to get in. and there have long been concerns about cladding — the panels fitted outside the buildings. these are usually metal with a layer of insulating material. back in 1991, the rules about them were tightened, but regulations do not require that the panels should never burn. some critics say the current system of testing them doesn't go far enough. the cladding at lakanal house in south london was judged to have intensified a blaze eight years ago. six people died here. it was hoped back then that out of this tragedy would come a turning point, leading to safer the conditions in all tower blocks. but promised reforms never happened and the lawyer who represented the victims‘ families says that this time the authorities must respond, and quickly. we don't want the same situation as in lakanal house, where things dragged
on and on and on and then itjust fell off the public agenda and then the public enquiry didn't happen. it was only an inquest and then nobody listened. this time the government must listen, and maybe, as others have said, maybe heads need to roll too. tonight in north london, a tower block, fitted with cladding by the same company, rydon, that worked on grenfell tower. it said again today that it followed every building regulation. even so, people here are worried. we don't know what the cladding is made of, but everybody now is concerned and very paranoid since what's happened at grenfell tower. we're worried about what is going to happen to us as well. last night i couldn't sleep very well. i'm very shocked with my mum and my kids as well. it may be that the horror at grenfell tower will bring real change, but this involves challenges that will be expensive and controversial.
among them, getting more money to local councils, reviewing how towers are renovated, and overhauling the system of inspections. david shukman, bbc news. as we ve heard, the government has said every family from grenfell tower will be rehoused in the local area. in the meantime, former residents have been staying in hotels and in emergency accommodation at a sports centre. local churches have been offering food, drink and clothing, but community groups say that so much has been given that people should donate only if they see appeals for specific items. 0ur correspondent elaine dunkley has the latest on the community response. from all over the country, donations are arriving — boxes of food and clothing. this is the al—manaar mosque. many have not slept since the fire destroyed homes. we are working under an umbrella of humanity, which is absolutely amazing
so that communities do come together. there were muslim people donating to churches, and i was one of them. there were christian people donating to mosques. wherever is easier and closer. it's just a network of not races, not colours, not anything, just us being humans. many people felt helpless as they watched the tower block on fire. donating food and clothes is helping this community heal. i'm from new york. i lived in new york when the towers came down. it was very reminiscent of that. just, generally, you want to help, you want to do whatever you can. but as well as generosity, there is frustration that food and clothes are being left on the street. we're trying to create a central base here. niles is a local resident. he's organised a sorting facility to take collections. we don't want any bags left on the street that's been sent
from people's hearts. i don't think people need to send so much stuff any more. but people need to support the community in whatever capacity that they have. in the midst of this horror and destruction, is a bit of beauty, you know? there's a bit of upliftment, a bit of seeing that we have a lot of resources, human resources. please stop, just stop. clothes are going here, food only is going there. as more boxes arrive, those who are trying to help are feeling overwhelmed and say the council could do more to organise collections, volunteers and storage. it's been a united front here. but i've got to say, the council sort of dragged their feet a lot. they should have done a lot more. we've just come to help, and there hasn't been any contingency plans, there hasn't been any strategies. i've got a week off, and i've just given my time to do what needs doing.
but there are so many people here, and i'm just waiting for somebody to tell me what to do. the local authority says it is trying to manage donations, but says the priority is finding homes for vulnerable families. how do you respond to the criticism from people around here that the council hasn't done enough to help? well, i'm sorry there is that criticism. in fact, we were very quick to set up three emergency centres around the tower. they are staffed by council staff, who have expertise in looking after younger people, older people with particular needs, disabled people. tonight, most residents are in temporary accommodation. for now, there are enough provisions. what people need is a roof over their heads. every few minutes you will see an act of kindness here, despite the anger and despite the despair. people haven't just been anger and despite the despair. people haven'tjust been donating boxes of food and clothing. people have also been offering emotional
support, whether that's giving someone a support, whether that's giving someone a hug, all holding someone's hand. earlier this evening hundreds of residents attended vigil and all day today, people have been coming along to this wall to leave messages. there are also flowers on the floor. every bit of space on this wall, there's a message to a loved one more to the people on this community. the writing on this wall is in so many different languages and that very much reflects the multicultural nature of this area. many different people from different faiths and different backgrounds coming together to express their grief. they've had to put up more boards. this now stretches all the way around the building and also along the fence, so people can leave tributes here. this area has now become a shrine to a community trying to stay strong. elaine dunkley forums with the latest on the tributes that are being left in the streets around this area in north kensington. a little later we'll be talking about
the exceptional work of the firefighters in this area over the past 48 hours. that's in a few minutes' time but now let's join clive for the rest of the day's news. well, the annual mansion house dinner in the city of london, which was due to take place this evening, has been cancelled as a result of the grenfell tower tragedy. the organisers made the decision shortly after the chancellor, philip hammond, withdrew from the event where he was expected to offer reassurances to businesses worried about the impact of brexit. the treasury says the chancellor will address those issues at what it called a suitable time in the near future. 0ur economics editor kamal ahmed is here and, kamal, we were expecting a significant intervention from the chancellor tonight on brexit? we were, but understandably the normal run of news events has been postponed, given the events of the last two days. but as you say the treasury say the speech will happen, when it's appropriate. and as you say as well, it was going to be a speech which may be revealed a slightly softer tone towards the
whole brexit negotiations than the tone we heard before the referendum. we are told the brexit negotiations will start on monday, despite the events of the last 48 hours, so those negotiations will begin. i'm sure that mr hammond will make his speech in the next few days. two significant announcements were made today about the economy. firstly, that retail sales have slowed to their lowest level for four years, which shows that income squeezed that people have been suffering because of higher inflation is really with this. one other significant moment is that the bank, although it has held interest rates at the historic low levels that they've been up since the financial crisis, it was the closest votes raising those interest rates that we've had in ten years. just 5—3 votes, very close, the suggestion being that interest rate rises because of rising inflation could be
coming. any rise will be limited and gradual, but the bank is signalling those historic low interest rates could be coming to an end. kamal ahmed, many thanks. theresa may has been meeting the main political parties of northern ireland at downing street to try to reassure them that a proposed deal between the conservatives and the democratic unionists wouldn't affect the prospects of restoring power—sharing at stormont. the prime minister hopes to secure the support of the dup to give her government a working majority in parliament, but critics have warned any deal could create a conflict of interest as the good friday agreement commits the british government to demonstrate "rigorous impartiality" in its dealings with northern ireland's politicians. the owner of british airways, iag, has said last month's computer failure which caused passenger chaos will cost the company around £80 million. more than 700 flights were cancelled over three days. the chief
executive, willie walsh, told the firm's annual general meeting it had been a dreadful experience for customers. a drug that can extend the life of patients with breast cancer, has been approved for use on the nhs in england. kadcyla had been deemed too expensive, but now an agreement has been reached with the manufacturer roche, which the nhs says provides "a good deal" for patients and taxpayers. now, let's rejoin huw in west london. throughout the day more accounts have been shared of the exceptional bravery, and stories of extraordinary bravery are emerging. more than 200 firefighters tackled the fire yesterday, entering the building when it was still burning as they tried to help those who were trapped. and their work isn't over. they're now involved in the recovery operation. tonight, we've spotted one or two firefighters in the building as we speak. 0ur correspondent sarah campbell reports on the firefighters and the impact this fire has
had on them. hero, this guy, look at that, hero! it is impossible to imagine how anyone would willingly run into this, but that is exactly what more than 200 firefighters did. the main thing with this building on the night was the speed the fire moved from the bottom up to the top and the thick black smoke that filled the air, that filled the building. they are real challenges for us. we have also got people, quite rightly, trying to get out of the building quickly as we were trying to get in. have you ever seen a fire like it? i have never seen a fire on this scale in my whole career, no. i have seen lots of fires in the london fire brigade but nothing on this scale. exhausted, having spent hours tackling a fire which has been described as unprecedented in its scale, and the work is far from over. now comes the task of making the building safe enough to allow a thorough search and recovery. you have had a chance to speak to some of those involved. how are they doing if not physically but mentally?
i have spoken to quite a few people, they are ok. the main thing is they are tired, but they are so keen to ensure that we complete the job. they were on duty again, a lot of them were on duty last night, some of them will be on duty tonight, and they want to come back. they want to come back and assist. thankfully only a handful of firefighters received minor injuries. the mental scars from what they saw and heard may take longer to heal. people have coping mechanisms in all sorts of ways and the most obvious one is the support of your colleagues who have been through similar experiences. but clearly the scale of this and the sort of horrors that people have seen means that they will need to be watched and they will need to be supported and that will need professional support. there is anger here with many local people feeling let down by the authorities, but there is thanks too for those willing to put their lives on the line to save others. heroes, heroes.
they are heroes. they went in to try and save people in that. i just... they are heroes. 0ur correspondent sarah campbell reporting there. reporting on the exceptional courage and firefighters of the past 48 hours. mark easton is with me. throughout the day people beginning to look at precisely what the technical requirements are buildings and asking very searching questions about how this could have happened. indeed, the more we learn, the more questions there seem to be. not least, here we are in one of the richest boroughs in one of the richest boroughs in one of the richest cities in one of the richest countries in the world and yet hundreds of people are housed in a tower block that cannot withstand a
small fire in one person's flat. and of course it's hugely important that a building like that is there. it's supposed to be building regulations, there are supposed to be housing regulations. we believed those would be enough to keep people safe and the kind of people who are housed in the kind of people who are housed in the often vulnerable. they are people with disabilities, elderly people, families with babies and young children. we look to our local authorities and other agencies to ensure that those people are kept safe and that no corners are cut. and i think people are asking questions now, can it be that that safety was perhaps compromised in a drive for efficiency, for savings, for cutting red tape? those are the questions the community is asking now, and i think they'll still be asking those questions in the days, the month and quite probably the yea rs the month and quite probably the years to come. mark easton, our home editor. that's all from west london, from north kensington tonight. there's more coverage for you on the
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