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making news in america this morning, breaking overnight, a massive fire tearing through a london high-rise apartment building. flames racing up 24 floors as hundreds of people slept inside. the survival stories and the race to save those trapped and the dramatic video coming in. we're live at the scene. also breaking overnight an american detained in north korea is back in the united states but several questions remain this morning. like why was he suddenly released and why is he in a coma? >> the attorney general grilled on capitol hill defiant and on a mission to clear his name. we're live in washington with the details. and we do say good morning to you, everybody, on this busy wednesday and start with breaking news.
flames engulfing a high-rise apartment building in london. we got word moments ago there are a number of fatalities. >> witnesses said once the fire broke out it covered almost the entire tower within just an hour. that left anyone sleeping inside very little time to get out. >> we give you a live look. the smoldering building can be seen for several miles. a major concern at this minute, the building appears to be leaning to one side in danger of collapsing. abc's molly hunter is on the scene. molly, what's the latest from your vantage point? >> reporter: good morning, kendis. that's right. you see the building right there still smoldering absolutely blackened but there are still flames up there. down on the ground police are actually screaming get back but from where we are we feel that debris and can feel the spray from the firemen's hoses. a raging inferno high above london. overnight incredible images flooding social media. flames shooting from an apartment complex. >> just like a waterfall on the
left-hand side, a fire and flames but now spread to the right of the building, that part there. >> reporter: the fire stretching 27 stories high. flaming debris raining down on the streets below and ash covering everything for more than 100 yards away. this morning, witnesses saying there were signs of people trapped inside. makeshift ropes seen hanging from the windows. british police pushing everyone away from the scene due to fears the building may collapse. this man saying he got out of the building after a neighbor banged on his door and woke him up. >> there was smoke everywhere. there was people downstairs. people screaming after a couple of minutes because people are still sleeping on the higher floors and they didn't have a clue of what was going on. i'm not even sure if half of them got out, and there were people flashing for help. >> reporter: this morning as the sun rises the horrifying extent
of the damage is visible. the building completely charred and still smoldering. now, this is actually as close as we can get to that building. we're hearing bangs and creeks as if that building may actually collapse sometime soon. kendis, diane. >> molly, i know not too long ago you could see someone still alive in the building waving at you. is there any sense of when they'll be able to stabilize the building enough to try to get in there? >> reporter: diane, not any time soon. that's exactly right. we saw live video not from this vantage point of a man inside on the 11th floor. when you look at that, it's extraordinary to think that actually someone is still alive in there but police and the fire brigade are standing by waiting for any opportunity to rescue any survivors. >> we are hearing horrific stories of people jumping from the building. what are some of the other stories that you're hearing there? >> reporter: kendis, i think the thing that sticks out is the screams. so almost immediately as those
flames -- the fire started below, the flames engulfed actually spread rapidly up to the top of the building and residents are talking about the screams of families, of children waving flashlights actually small children being tossed out of low floors to waiting arms below. the tragedy is absolutely unbelievable this morning. >> one of the big things we're hearing how quickly it spread, just an hour. any sense of what caused this? >> reporter: diane, so what residents are telling us, a few things that may have caused that rapid spread and that may have also been the reason why so many people got trapped up above. so if that fire happened in your apartment or on your floor you were told to get out. but if the fire happened in a different part of the building, residents are saying they were told to actually stay in place. now, they blame the rapid spread of flames on this external padding put in in a massive $13 million refurbishment.
it was just refurbish the last year and external cladding put in in part for insulation and aesthetic reasons. as soon as that caught fire the entire building caught fire, this he say. >> molly hunter on the scene of that horrific fire in the west of london. 128 units up in flames. there are some fatalities. of course, we'll keep on top of this breaking news story throughout the morning. we want to move on to another story breaking here on the home front, 22-year-old american otto warmbier is back from north korea and in a cincinnati hospital. >> he arrived on a medical flight because he's in a coma. his parents say they were only told last week that he's been in that coma for a year. practically since the start of his prison sentence in north korea. >> warmbier was arrested last year while on a tour for stealing a propaganda poster. he confessed during his march 2016 trial and was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. former nba star dennis rodman is currently visiting north korea
but the state department says that had nothing to do with his release. the white house saying president trump thought the attorney general jeff sessions did a very good job as he went before congress to deny any collusion with russia. >> the president is set to deliver a speech at the labor department as he focuses on job training and signs an executive order to boost apprenticeship programs. sources say the president is characterizing the house gop health care bill he supported as, quote, mean and calling for a more generous version of the legislation and the president is also celebrating his 71st birthday. >> happy birthday, mr. president. all this as democrats slammed the attorney general's testimony. abc's gentleman may norman has more. >> reporter: the attorney general under oath and in the hot seat. >> and the suggestion that i participated in any collusion is an appalling and detestable lie. >> reporter: at times sparks flying and things getting heated as senators grilled jeff sessions about his meetings with russian officials.
the attorney general flat out denied any involvement in the russians' efforts to undermine the november election and recalled details of the now infamous oval office meeting when the president asked everyone including the attorney general to leave and kept former fbi director james comey there alone. >> what i do recall is that i did depart. >> reporter: senators asked about the controversial request comey says president trump made allegedly asking him to go easy on former national security adviser michael flynn. >> i believe it was the next day that he said something -- expressed concern about being left alone with the president, but that in itself is not problematic. >> reporter: though sessions recused himself from the russia investigation, he later signed on to recommending the man leading the investigation be fired but tuesday repeatedly refused to answer questions about any conversations he had with the president. >> i believe the american people have had it with stonewalling.
>> i am not stonewalling. i am following the historic policies of the department of justice. >> reporter: and attorney general sessions said the president hadn't exerted executive privilege over his testimony though he still refused to answer questions so the committee chairman asked sessions to find out which unanswered questions the white house is okay with him responding to and then provide answers. kendis and diane. >> sessions is saying he's not invoking executive privilege but sort of saving the president's right to do so in the future if he wants to. that's janai norman live from washington. thanks so much. >> one more note from congress. nearly 200 members are planning to sue president trump over his business dealings. the lawsuit set to be announced later today similar to the one filed monday by attorneys general from maryland and d.c. as first reported by "the washington post," the lawmakers all democrats are alleging that the president violated the constitution's emoluments clause by failing to break with his business empire and accepting gifts and benefits from foreign
leaders. a bill aimed at improving the veterans affair department is heading to the president's desk. he says he is looking forward to signing it. the house overwhelmingly approved the legislation that would make it easier for the v.a. to fire employees. the president promised to get rid of workers who let veterans down after some vets died waiting for appointments. still ahead, oprah answers the question, once and for all, will she run for president. and for trouble for uber. overnight a top board member forced to resign. what he was caught on camera saying that led to the backlash. the breaking news we're following in london. a fire engulfed an apartment tower. new video and details coming in from the
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jurors deciding 9 fate of bill cosby got back to deliberations this morning. cosby waved to fans and gave a thumb's up as he left court last night. jurors deciding the sexual assault charges against him have spent about 16 hours over the last two days in deliberations. now, if cosby is found guilty of drugging and assaulting andrea constand, he could spend the rest of his life behind bars. a man accused of killing five people in ohio is now under arrest. george brinkman jr. has been charged with murdering a couple and had dated their daughter. he is suspected of killing a longtime friend, susan taylor and her two college-age daughters taken into custody after a nine-hour standoff with police. police say robbery may have been the motive. uber's problems with sexual and other harassment won't seem to go away. travis kalanick announced yesterday he is going on indefinite leave of absence and eric holdaer's law firm gave
recommendations. at the same board meeting called to accept these changes this exchange took place between directors. >> there's one woman on the board, it's much more likely there will be a second woman on the board. >> what it shows is that it's much more likely to be talking. >> oh, come on david. >> within hours david bonderman co-founder of a top private equity firm apologized and resigned from uber's board. the tsa is testing fingerprint identification technology to replace your boarding pass. the pilot program is considered the next step towards the agency eliminating those paper passes. it's being tested at airports in atlanta and denver. the tsa is determining whether that system is reliable, but the private company clear already uses the fingerprints and iris scans. american airlines canceling plans to reduce legroom on some of its new planes. it was to reduce the space by an
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a community blog post from last fall blamed the landlord for dangerous living conditions. the cause of the fire, of course, is yet to be determined. these were the images that we saw just several hours ago. the fire starting roughly around 12:00 local time. about 7:00 eastern time here in the u.s. but these live images once again, it is still on fire. >> many questions still remaining including the stability of the building and whether anybody alive remains inside. we will continue monitoring this for you. to another developing story, the massive manhunt under way for two dangerous inmates from georgia. there's now a $70,000 reward offered for any information leading to the capture of donnie rowe and rickie dubose. the pair killed two correctional officers on a prison bus yesterday, it is alleged 60 miles outside of atlanta. reports say they may have been spotted, but those reports are proved to be unfounded now. authorities are warning the men to turn themselves in.
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>> ♪ >> good morning everyone, i'm matt o'donnell. it is 4:27 a.m. on this wednesday, june 14th and here's what's coming up on "action news." dramatic pictures coming in from a huge fire across the atlantic. there is littlest now of this 27 story highrise apartment building. we have an update from london this morning. also an exhausted jury gets rest and prepares to continue deliberating the fate of bill cosby. we are live with the sex assault trial in norristown this morning. we get a slight break from the heat wave that sent temperatures soaring to record heights this week. "action news" is next. >> ♪ coast. now back to more details about that deadly apartment building fire in london. >> molly hunter has been on the scene for several hours. molly joining us again from london. molly, what do you know? >> reporter: good morning,
kendis. we are in the exact same place again. this is as close as we can get to that building. you see it right there. smoldering behind me. you see that thick black smoke but you can see the firefighters still fighting the fire. there's water spouts still going up, but the flames at the top of that building are out of reach. and the reason that fire -- those flames engulfed the top of that building, spread so quickly from the fourth floor where it is believed this fire started is because of this external cladding. apparently in the refurbishment last year a $13 million refurbishment external cladding was put in for both aesthetic reasons and insulation and residents tell us that's what caught fire and spread throughout the building so quickly, so quickly that firefighters who even arrived on the scene immediately could not put the fire out. i do want to say residents are also telling us that their instructions from the building, from the landlord, if the fire happened in their apartment or on their floor, get out, evacuate.
if the fire happened in a different part of the building, stay in place and that's why, diane and kendis, so many people got strantsed up top, families were seen leaning out the window late last night, flashlights waving trying to get the attention of rescuers. it's so unstable it's unlikely anyone is still alive in the upper levels. diane and kendis. >> molly, i know there are hundreds of firefighters on the scene. some of them working through the night and now getting images in of those firefighters just looking absolutely exhausted. you can imagine what they've gone through trying to get the fire under control and we can see so many hours later it is still burping. we are still seeing flames. >> it is a frustrating effort for those firefighters. some residents shockingly say they smelled smoke and then some 30 minutes later they heard the fire detectors go off. the smoke alarms go off. what a horrible scene in london and we'll have the latest on that on "good morning america" from west london. >> that's what's making news in
>> ♪ >> "action news." delaware valley's leading news program. with matt o'donnell, tamala edwards, karen rogers and meteorologist, david murphy. >> ♪ >> good morning everyone, it is 4:30 a.m. on this wednesday june 14th. >> and we're following a serious developing story overseas. flames have incinerated a high-rise apartment building in london. fire officials say there are multiple fatalities. >> an update this morning on the six-year-old boy who was shot in the head during gunfire in wilmington. >> no verdict yet. jurors in the bill cosby sex assault trial will be back at work in montgomery county today. >> our relief day has arrived. the heat wave is over. let's turn to dave murphy and karen rogers. >> some of you are going to step out the door early this morning, matt and tam and