London tower fire: Desperate woman threw baby from 10th floor

London tower fire: Desperate woman threw baby from 10th floor
A baby thrown out of burning Grenfell Tower was caught by a member of the public, a witness said.

Samira Lamrani said she saw a woman try to save a baby by dropping it from a window ‘on the ninth or 10th floor’ of the burning west London building, to waiting members of the public below, according to Metro.

‘People were starting to appear at the windows, frantically banging and screaming.

‘The windows were slightly ajar, a woman was gesturing that she was about to throw her baby and if somebody could catch her baby.

‘Somebody did, a gentleman ran forward and managed to grab the baby,’ she told PA.

She added: ‘I could see people from all angles, banging and screaming for help.

‘Us members of the public were reassuring them, telling them we’ve done what we can and that we’ve phoned 999, but obviously the look on their face was death.

‘My daughter’s friend said she observed an adult who made some sort of homemade parachute and tried to lower himself out of the window.

‘The more I looked up, floor upon floor. Endless numbers of people.

‘Mainly the kids, because obviously their voices, with their high pitched voices – that will remain with me for a long time.

‘I could hear them screaming for their lives.’

It’s believed that hundreds of people were inside Grenfell Tower when it was engulfed in flames in the early hours of this morning.

Dozens of residents are feared dead and at least 50 people have been rushed to hospitals across London.

One man who lives in the building, described the fire as waking up to a horror film.

According to the edition, here are the latest updates on the Grenfell Tower fire:

  • London Fire Brigade was first called at 12.54am on Wednesday morning to the Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road.
  • Six fatalities have been confirmed following the blaze at Grenfell Tower in north Kensington.
  • At least 74 people have been taken to five hospitals, London Ambulance Service said.
  • Around 20 people are in critical care.
  • The building in north Kensington is at least 24 stories high.
  • Forty engines containing more than 200 firefighters attended the scene.
  • Thirty people were taken to five hospitals following the fire.
  • Fire crews from north Kensington, Kensington, Hammersmith and Paddington and surrounding stations were at the scene with the fire burning from the second to the top floor.
  • The cause of the fire is not yet clear.
  • London mayor Sadiq Khan has said the fire has been declared a ‘major incident’.
  • The Grenfell Tower was built in 1974 and contains 120 homes, according to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
  • More than 20 ambulance crews were sent to the scene, London Ambulance Service said.
  • The Metropolitan Police have set up a casualty bureau for anyone concerned about their friends and family on 0800 0961 233.

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