30 People Confirmed Dead in Grenfell Tower Fire With 70 Still Unaccounted For
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Very early in the morning on Wednesday, a fire erupted in high rise apartment
building Grenfell Tower in West London. The blaze spread
rapidly, and three days later, officials are still searching
for the missing.
The Guardian reports that police released
new information on fatalities after the community expressed
anger about the lack of transparency in the investigation.
Currently, 30 people have been confirmed dead, and there are 70
people unaccounted for. The Telegraph collected some of the known
names of the dead with pictures, mostly from the accounts of
people searching for lost friends and family members.
Grenfell Towers was a low-income housing unit, and most of the
people who died were people of color, many of them Muslim.
The Independent reported that those up early
for Ramadan may have saved more lives when it came to spreading
word and evacuating people from the building. While the cause
of the blaze has not been officially identified, residents had
been complaining about conditions in the building since it was
remodeled in 2016, but were rebuffed.
Amongst the dead was artist Khadija Saye, whose photography is currently being exhibited at
the Vienna Biennale. The Independent reports that Saye posted to
Facebook at 3 am Wednesday that she and her mother were trapped
in their apartment, and asked people to pray for them.
Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy has said that there are still
some bodies in Grenfell tower but conditions have been too
hazardous to retrieve them.