After the Grenfell Tower caught fire in London, a distressed mother threw her child out a 9th story window, in the hopes of saving the poor baby’s life.
The Grenfell tower erupted in flames earlier this morning, in what is quite possibly the worst fire London has seen in the past five years, maybe more. 100+ people are missing, 74+ people have been injured, and at least 12 have been confirmed dead.
It was a disturbing scene—the flames grew higher and higher, until they fully engulfed the building. Residents were trapped, and in a gruesome twist of fate, eerily reminiscent of the 9/11 World Trade Center bombing, people were seen jumping out to a quick and painless death.
As we reported earlier today, the facts are as follows:
- At least 12 people have died, 74 are in six London hospitals including 20 in a critical condition after Grenfell Tower blaze started at 1am;
- Dozens more are feared dead or missing with one source claiming total could run into the hundreds. The Casualty Bureau number is 0800 0961 233;
- Trapped residents begged to be rescued while waving white towels, torches and mobile phones after being urged to stay in their flats;
- Petrified people were seen throwing themselves and their children out of windows – a baby tossed from the ‘9th or tenth floor’ was caught and survived – but the mother’s fate is unknown
- 200 firefighters with 40 engines needed to tackle ‘unprecedented’ blaze and pulled 65 from inside the blaze – residents claim that fire alarms didn’t work, sprinklers failed and only stairwell used as exit was blocked
What’s worse, too, is that many apartment complex dwellers complained about the building’s terrible fire safety standards YEARS ago. An activist group, the Grenfall Action Group, even put out a blog post highlighting the ongoing concerns of residents.
“Only a catastrophic event,” they stated, would “expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord.” Well unfortunately, it seems that this has been the case. It’s unclear how the fire started, but many have speculated that it was able to spread so quickly due to poor materials.
Yet, in the midst of death, destruction, and the sound of screaming children, there is hope—civilians have been volunteering for hours on end, gathering as many supplies as possible. Hundreds of pounds of food and water have been scavenged, and many volunteers are providing the survivors with blankets, clothing, and shelter.
— Helen (@Itstillhelen) June 14, 2017
The firefighters must be commended, as well. They’ve been working tirelessly since the fire erupted at roughly 1am (London Time), and have managed to extinguish most of the building’s flames. Pictured above, you can see them resting after a day of incredible courage.
Yet, one heroic act has stood above them all. As the building was ablaze, a desperate mother cried out of her 9th story window, begging for someone to catch her child. “…she threw the baby, from approximately the 9th or 10th floor, and a gentleman ran forward and miraculously grabbed the baby,” an onlooker reported.
Despite all this death and misery, that’s something we can find hope in. A child’s life was saved, thanks to a heroic bystander, and the courage of his mother.