Saturday 20 January 2018

Grenfell Tower blaze: Witness describes man 'throwing children out of window' and neighbours screaming

A firefighter photographs damage after a fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower
A firefighter photographs damage after a fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A man broke down in tears on live TV as he described how a father threw his children out of the window in the Grenfell Tower blaze.

Mahad Egal, who lived in the 24-storey block, described the scenes as “really, really horrific”, and said residents “saw a lot” before breaking down in tears.

Mr Egal was comforted by BBC News presenter Victoria Derbyshire as he struggled to finish the heartbreaking interview.

“This was really, really horrific. There’s a man who threw two of his children. We saw a lot, we saw a lot man. We saw a lot with our own eyes, we saw friends, families…” he said.

Other eyewitnesses told of people jumping from the building and screaming for help.

“I watched one person falling out, I watched another woman holding her baby out the window... hearing screams, I was yelling everyone to get down and they were saying 'We can't leave our apartments, the smoke is too bad on the corridors',” one eyewitness said.

Read More: Grenfell Tower Block blaze: Death toll rises to 12 - What we know so far

The Metropolitan Police confirmed twelve people had died in the blaze which engulfed the flats around 1am on Wednesday.

Smoke billows from a fire that has engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London. (PA)
Smoke billows from a fire that has engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London. (PA)

Seventy-four people were being treated in six hospitals across the capital, London Ambulance Service said, as 200 firefighters battled the flames that engulfed the west Kensington block. Twenty people remain in critical care.

A resident action group warned just months ago that the building posed a fire risk that "only a catastrophic event will expose".

The tower also had a “stay put” policy which advised residents to stay in their flats in the event of a fire.

Belfast Telegraph

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