Monday 23 April 2018

Miracle escape after 12 hours: 'Blind pensioner' rescued from Grenfell Tower after using jumper as SOS flag

The man, believed to be a blind pensioner, is rescued by fire fighters after a huge fire engulfed the 24 storey residential Grenfell Tower block
The man, believed to be a blind pensioner, is rescued by fire fighters after a huge fire engulfed the 24 storey residential Grenfell Tower block

Helena Horton

A man, who is believed to be elderly and partially blind, has been rescued by firefighters from the Grenfell Tower inferno after a terrifying 12-hour wait.

The man, who has been identified by relatives, is believed to have lived in the tower for 30 years and was seen praying at his window as he awaited help on the 11th floor.

Good Morning Britain filmed him as he waved a jumper as a makeshift SOS flag and cried out for help from his 11th-floor flat.

Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, the programme's presenters, said they felt "helpless" as they watched him and feared for his life.

However, he has now been pictured being rescued by firefighters 12 hours after he was trapped by the blaze.

Ms Reid said: "He in his 70s, he's partially blind. He has lived in the Grenfell Tower for 30 years.

Good Morning Britain showed images of the man looking from his window as smoke poured in
Good Morning Britain showed images of the man looking from his window as smoke poured in

"Now we have seen him over the course of the last hour or so in contact with firefighters."

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He was rescued shortly after midday.

At least six people have been confirmed killed in the huge fire that ripped through the west London tower block, but police expect the death toll to rise.

Up to 600 people are believed to have been inside Grenfell Tower's 120 flats when the blaze tore through the 24-storey building in the early hours.

Twenty people are in critical care after 74 injured people were taken to hospital. But many are still missing after residents were left trapped on upper floors as flames rapidly ripped up the block after householders were initially told to stay in their homes.

Telegraph.co.uk

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