densely populated and people i have spoken to is that it is overcrowded in some part and that there were electrical fault in the building but none had spread like this before. they had been relatively contained. and when it comes to the sense of community, anybody who has been to not eat into an carnival, portobello road, —— notting hill carnival, portobello road, it is very dense, as you say, lots of very small roads. these estates, towering blocks, mixed with edwardian houses. a very diverse community, i would say. absolutely, very diverse and everybody together took an interest, everybody together took an interest, everybody was wishing it was good. it was good to see everybody invested in the outcome of this. but
also the sheer shock, they didn't know how to react. they didn't know how to help. grenfell tower, when you are listening to advice on the ground, what are the authorities saying? —— safiyah. they pushed discord and back. safiyah, are you being advised to stay away? local businesses are being advised not to open. a school has advised parents that it will not open today. we have not been advised anything in particular. there is a bit of a rabbit warren around here. it's very, very difficult to stay away if you live here because it is right in front of you. you can smell the fumes. the smell that is just wafting through the air. you don't really have any advice about what to
do. we don't really know. nvidia is directing any of the residence. it gave people the liberty to be present. it is good there was not a harsher approach. they could not be verified. people just leave that distance from it. you can't tell them to go. also, there are buildings in danger in other parts of the estate and the kensington academy. safiyah, we appreciate your time. when you've been there throughout the night. thank you very much. safiyah, who still has people she knows living in grenfell tower still unaccounted for. we wish you the best. that is grenfell tower,
blazing throughout the night. on behalf of the council, that counts —— the kensington and chelsea council, my colleague greg dawson has been monitoring this event. for viewers joining has been monitoring this event. for viewersjoining us, has been monitoring this event. for viewers joining us, making has been monitoring this event. for viewersjoining us, making up this situation taking place, just to bring us up—to—date with what has happened so far. the fact that we know. a lot of speculation about what happened, he was living there. what we know is that this fire has been going on for five what we know is that this fire has been going on forfive hours. it was just approaching 12:45 a.m.. that is when the fire service were called to this apartment building which is a least 24 storeys high. obviously at that time of the night, in the middle of the night, most people would have been in bed. very quickly it appeared that the fire spread throughout the building. reports of
a number of people unaccounted for. the london fire service say they sent 200 firefighters to the building. what they can do to tackle it given the ferocity, we are not sure. we have seen those images of hydraulic platforms with hoses attached doing what they can to try to quench the flames on the lower floors but it continues to burn. and you can see the smoke cloud is stretching right across london, going on for miles. we've also heard from the mayor of london who has declared this as a major incident. no surprise really. we know that lots of people are affected by this, not just lots of people are affected by this, notjust in the building itself but firefighters as well. thank you so much. i know you will continue to monitor this, bringing us all the fa cts . monitor this, bringing us all the facts. a lot of speculation as to what started this. we can speak to
paul who lived on the seventh floor and he managed to get out. paul who lived on the seventh floor and he managed to get outlj paul who lived on the seventh floor and he managed to get out. i managed to get out of the building not by a fire alarm. it was by people down below screaming to people, don't jump, don'tjump off the building. i don't know for certain that people jumped off the building to get away from the fire but a lot of people are telling me, i lived around the —— that they have seen a dead body on the floor somewhere. i don't know. i'm telling you what i have been told but the main thing for me this incident is the fact that the fire alarms did not go up in the building. ididn‘t fire alarms did not go up in the building. i didn't hear any fire alarms. i am obviously fast asleep.
ifi alarms. i am obviously fast asleep. if i didn't hear people screaming, i would not have woke up. god knows what would have happened if i did not get out of that building. what would have happened if i did not get out of that buildinglj appreciate this must have been traumatic but let's start from the beginning. you heard people screaming. when he realised something was happening, how did you get out? i looked out the window. where i was, there was no fire. it was on the opposite side to me. not seeing a fire that hearing people screaming was a bit of a scary traumatic time so when i looked down the corridor, there was the other flats connected to everyone else and it was just filled with smoke so i put my shoes on and around straight down the emergency exit. that's exactly what i did. as soon as i
went outside my door, the black smoke that was coming at me, i was only wearing a t—shirt. i had to ta ke only wearing a t—shirt. i had to take the t—shirt off to cover my mouth and my nose. as i was going down the stairs, there were truly amazing firefighters that were going up amazing firefighters that were going up the stairs to the fire, try to get as many people out of the building is possible and hopefully they got as many people out as possible. just taking a step by step, you will on the seventh floor, you understood where the fire had started ? you understood where the fire had started? i didn't know. ijust knew there was black smoke coming from there was black smoke coming from the corridor area. as instinct tells you, run down the fire exit, which is what i did. were there many people descending with you? not that many at the time. but many
firefighters going up. this was about two o'clock in the morning. there are many firefighters going up the stairs. i did see a firefighter helping the disabled woman trying to get out of the building to safety which was relieving to see. if you wa nt to which was relieving to see. if you want to try and knock on certain doors. going down to try and get as many people out as much as possible, i asked. they told me to run straight out which was a bit bizarre because i wanted to help as many people as i possibly could. obviously they are fully trained surveyor whereof what they are doing so surveyor whereof what they are doing so they need to get you out safely. you had vacated the building at about two o'clock in the morning. the funny thing was, as you are going down the emergency exit, the exit the building is on the side where the fire was an started from
so as where the fire was an started from so as i'm coming up, there is debris lying on a law. i was told to run as fast as i could and i did. how long have you been living in grenfell tower? all my life. 23 years. had there been fires before? nothing on there been fires before? nothing on the scale obviously. i will be honest. there was a scare in 2012 or 2013 that some of the help keep —— health and safety procedures of the building were not up to standard. the area has been rejuvenated and they build a new secondary school just next door to the building is survey put new cladding on the building to make it look a bit more friendly to the local community and visitors and to be honest, from what
people have told me, they think the cladding was to blame because that was the first thing that was coming off the building and if it was not the cladding coming off it, if it was the original concrete, it may have slowed down the fire. i'll that's something the authorities will be able to clarify. what advice had you had in terms of the eventuality of the fire? to be brutally honest, from where i am, it looks like the firefighters have backed off a bit in the cordons are moving further and further back. they think the building might give way. the most upsetting thing, once idid way. the most upsetting thing, once i did leave the building and i was ina i did leave the building and i was in a safe area, i was just right started. and you can do is tell by
their body size... paul, we are going to have to cut you off. we are so going to have to cut you off. we are so relieved you are safe and sound. hello, there. the middle of the week is going to bring a peak in the temperatures. you could describe it as very warm across many parts of the country. especially across southern areas of england and wales you could describe it as hot. so here there will be more cloud through the day and it will be breezy. there could be the odd shower in the afternoon in england and wales. further south, long spells of sunshine and that's where we will have the highest temperatures. muqqy and towards the south—east, lots of sunshine and easily always a little bit cooler towards the coast. the vast majority staying dry.
hello, this is breakfast, with charlie stayt and naga munchetty. a major incident is declared as a huge fire engulfs a tower block in west london. firefighters are tackling the blaze at grenfell tower near notting hill. local reports say that residents are trapped in the building. it broke out around midnight. more than 200 firefighters are at the scene, along with 40 fire engines. good morning. we can take you straight in the majorfire in a 24 we can take you straight in the major fire in a 24 story tower block in west london. these