You may want to hold off on your trip to London. At least for a few days while London reacts to this unprecedented high-rise fire.
Recently, London has had to face and deal with so many catastrophic situations that it has left the country in a pure state of shock. The most recent incident being the fire that incinerated through the 24-story apartment tower in the West of London. This horrifying incident has now landed up claiming at least 30 lives and one hopes that the number does not climb. However, unfortunately, that may not happen as the BBC has reported that the death toll could rise up to 76. Here is a look at the devastating blaze.
The rising death toll
It is a grim reality that has seen a steady rise in the death toll since it broke out on Wednesday morning. Unfortunately, the numbers just went up from 6, 12, 17 and now at a terrifying 30. To make matters worse, Metropolitan Police commander, Stuart Cundy, had said that quite a few of the victims might not be able to be identified. And that the death toll should not rise above 100.
It is extremely heartbreaking to see know that some of the victims will remain unidentified. However, the police did say that they are doing everything they can to make sure that they have identification placement on these victims. They are not leaving any stone unturned and will be using dental records, DNA samples and fingerprints, that will help identify the victims. Even things like tell-tale features that stand out like tattoos, jewelry and cars are being used to track the victims. But the unfortunate reality of this is that the intensity by which the fire broke out has made the identification process of the victims so slow and long hauled. There is a strong possibility that some bodies will be beyond recognition, if not totally reduced to ash but the town remains to stand still for a better part of the day since what occurred was unexpected anymore.
Mayor Sadiq Khan was bombarded with questions by the angry locals, as he walked through the west London neighborhood. People want answers as to what could have gone so horrifyingly wrong that the fire was unstoppable and took so long to be put under control.
Police have opened up an investigation following this incident and will be going through all details to get the answers. The government has now actually ordered a judge-led inquiry into this Wednesday’s disaster. They are certainly under a lot of pressure to act quickly as people continue their wait.