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That's all for tonight. Continuing coverage on the BBC News channel
Here, on BBC One, it's time with any developments.
I'm a short distance from Grenfell Tower. You have seen how it looks
tonight. You have seen how it looked when the flames just took over the
building. Now, take a look at this. Take a look at this mountain of
clothes. This is the response from local people donating goods for the
people who've lost everything. You have these clothes here. You have
toiletries here, tooth brushings, food and water in this small space
alone. 100 volunteers working hard to make sure this gets to the people
who need it most quickly. Let's not forget. It's around about 24-hours
since that fire took hold, people in a neighbouring tower block saw what
happened in front of their eyes. So how they feeling tonight? Are they
scared, worried or anxious. Jim Wheble has been speaking to them.
It's not the view that muse ya ever expected, on the 13th floor,
You mean literally where those flames are now?
Where the flames are, if you move to the right,
Are you going make some more calls or go -
I'm going to make some calls and later on I'm going to go to bed
at the Rugby Centre to inquiry if they have any news.
Angela's further up, on the 19th floor.
Right in front of her, the neighbouring block,
As soon as I saw what was going on, I just couldn't, I couldn't bear it.
I turned on the news and just, sort of, let the news
But you could still hear the screams over the TV,
over the windows closed, over the doors closed.
Dennis is on the 10th floor, looking at a view that
Because I also remember, a couple months ago,
But it was different because that tower was one flat.
It's weird how here, how the whole...
The whole building just goes on fire.
So with this view from their balcony, how safe do they feel now?
Do you feel a bit unsafe now yourself?
Hopefully, everything - we can find a positive out of this
I don't want to think of the negatives.
As safe as you can be living on the 19th floor of a tower block
building when you've just watched another tower block building
People at this donations centre working at a furious rate, as you
can see. They are not working alone. Outside here you have people from
the sheikh Temple who have made food for the people volunteering who
might need to eat because they have been working hard all day. The
church have have their own election centre working with the ones here.
You have people of no religion who are involved because it's the right
thing to do. It's incredible to see. The people who need the help of the
volunteers are not just the people from Grenfell Tower, it's people in
surrounding properties who have had to evacuate their homes. Catherine
Carpenter has been speaking to them. A neighbour brings 88-year-old
Mary Dennis a chair. She's been awake since the early
hours when she fled her home, All of a sudden I heard my door -
bang, bang, bang. I did not get, I didn't get up,
but what happened when they bang it There was enough screaming,
children screaming, Another neighbour
offers food and water. Diego says he needs to keep
busy so he doesn't dwell Quite a few people we knew from
the tower apparently didn't make it. They saw people jumping
from the building. Overnight, St Clements Church
became his sanctuary. Here, and at every rescue centre,
donations have flooded in all day. the Al-Manaar Mosque counts many
Grenfell House residents Today, they were sorting
clothes and cooking. Food for those breaking
fast tonight or in need Other members of the community took
people into their homes, at least three families crammed
into this terrace The police evacuated us and my son,
he was having an asthma attack. If not, we'd have been
left out all night. Also taking in, four month
old Yesmin, her bed for the night a stranger's sofa while her mother
still waits for news You know what, it's not just second
hand clothes donated. People have bought new items of clothes, n
toiletries. This is extraordinary from Londoners, isn't it? The
response from the community in London has been overwhelming. We are
all shocked and horrified by what we have seen in the tragic events of
the tower. The generosity of the community has been overwhelming.
What struck me is that communities are working together? Absolutely.
Communities come from all over London and all over the country to
be able to donate and to contribute and support. Everyone you see here
is pretty much a volunteer. They are giving their services, giving their
hours, Middlesbroughle of the night almost they are working flat out.
Jasmine you worked flat out to make this happen? To be honest, it wasn't
something I was planning. I called the venue owner and said - look, I
know this space is vacant, would it be OK to use this space for
donations? It just spiralled into this. It's just been incredible.
Absolutely incredible. It's incredible to see as well. Thank you
so much for ling us be here tonight. It comes back to the fire, one of
the questions that a lot of local people are asking is how it spread
up the tower block so very quickly. One of the theories we are hearing a
lot of is that it had to do with the cladding around the building. That
is a theory which our reporter Gareth Furby has been looking more
into it. Arnold Tarling is a fire
safety expert and he's What we're testing
here is polyurethane, The reason he's doing
this is because he has a theory about why the fire spread
so rapidly at the Grenfell Tower. It's to do with a
material that may have The actual ridgied board insulation
that I believe is most likely to have been used is made from the same
material, polyurethane. I'm now setting fire
to this, and this is That is very, very
rapid and this is a typical material used
for insulating external buildings. Mr Tarling's test was put out
easily, but he thinks tonnes of similar materials could have
quickly burnt-out of control. The theory that I have is
that the building has been clad with a flammable insulation
material on the exterior. Of course there is no official
statement yet on the cause of the fire and the reason
for its rapid spread. But three years ago at a safety
conference, Arnold Tarling publicly warned that cladding high-rise
buildings could end in disaster and now he fears he may
have been proved right. It looks typical
of a cladding-related fire on the exterior
of the property. All the external cladding
has completely gone. Which is what you would
expect if you've got The principle of the design
of the cladding is that it's there to allow rain to effectively
get in and run down that cavity. The problem is that it will also
allow fire to spread up and what will happen is it
will actually create a path for the fire to spread and encourage
the fire to spread faster A spokesperson for the contractors
Rydon, who completed the refurbishment last year,
said it met all required building control fire regulation and health
and safety standards. The company Harley Facades Limited,
which was also involved in the refurbishment, said it would not be
appropriate to comment or others speculate on any aspect of the fire
or its causes in advance of the At this time the company said
it was not aware of any link between the fire and
the exterior cladding. Anyone concerned about family or
friends there is a special helpline that you can call to find out if
there is any information. Let me give you that. The Metropolitan
Police Casual Bureau the number is: 0800 0961, 233. The number is
available on our Facebook and BBC web page. Everyone is, woing really
hard to make things happen. I've never seen anything like what I'm
seeing in West London tonight. People are working hard to come
together, showing a really unified response to the tragedy that has
happened. That's it for now from me, but let's
find out what the weather's up In London we hit 27 degrees. The
next couple of days will be fresher weather wise. Warm enough in the
sunshine before temperatures start to sore up once again. 30 Celsius
potentially Sunday. Tonight a very mild and muggy night. Temperatures
in the centre town no lower than 17 or 18 degrees. Dry night with partly
clear skies. Sunny start to Thursday with light wind around it will be
warmest during the latter stages of the morning, around lunchtime. Cloud
will push across threatening light showers. Most of the time will be
dry. Temperatures may peak at 24, 25 degrees. Early afternoon before
dropping off a little bit as fresher air pushes in and the westerly wind
kicks in. Friday we will do it again as far as temperatures are concerned
with bluer skies and lighter winds into the weekend. It will get
hotter. into the weekend. It will get
hotter. Ben has more Tomorrow, will be a different
feeling day due to this cold front feeling day due to this cold front
pushing in from the west and behind feeling day due to this cold front
that we will see at least for a time a return to fresher conditions. The
that we will see at least for a time front