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London Fire At Grenfell Tower Prompts Immediate Responses Of Kindness And Offers Of Help

HuffPost UK told that Westfield was helping organise hotels for those most in need.

14/06/2017 10:40 | Updated 14 June 2017

Stories of kindness have already begun to emerge following a huge blaze at a west London tower block, which has caused a “number of fatalities”.

At least 50 people have been taken to five hospitals for treatment as hundreds of residents in the 27-storey, 120 flat, Grenfell Tower in north Kensington have been evacuated from their flats in the building that caught fire just after 1.15am. 

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Fire services said there were a 'number of fatalities' in the blaze at Grenfell Tower
Police said a “number of people are being treated for a range of injuries”, including two for smoke inhalation, as pictures from the scene showed flames engulfing most of the block on the Lancaster West Estate, north Kensington.

More than 200 firefighters and 40 engines are in attendance. 

Horrifying stories of people trapped in the tower on Latimer Road began to emerge - but in true London fashion, many people immediately did what they could to help.

HuffPost UK has been told that local hotels are offering free accommodation to those who have lost their homes in the blaze, which Westfield Shopping Centre is helping to coordinate

HuffPost UK was told by a member of the board of the residents association that calls were being put in to local hotels to find out where rooms were available.
In a statement, Westfield said: “Westfield London is in direct contact with the authorities dealing with the terrible Fire at Grenfell Towers today to offer support where required.
“We are also in contact with Lancaster West Residents Association which covers Grenfell Towers to establish the immediate needs of those affected and how we can assist. We are currently coordinating donations of supplies from Westfield, retailers and other local business.
“The centre is open and we will be setting up a page on our website to keep the public informed on how they can help.”
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Many Muslims who were preparing for suhoor (the early morning meal before fasting begins again for Ramadan) were also able to help

Islamic cultural centres and mosques opened their doors

 

And members of this Muslim charity also arrived to help

A local church offered people a place to shelter

As did a nearby youth club

A leisure centre

And local Sikh temples

 

People began coordinating donations of food, clothes and other essentials for those who may have lost everything

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Volunteers categorise clothing donations by kind and size
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Mountains of food accumulates as the kindness of Londoners is demonstrated at the Maxilla Social Club
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Londoners' generosity on show following the Grenfell Tower blaze

One couple even carried out this extraordinarily kind gesture:

 

Businesses also got involved:

Local restaurant Patty & Bun has sent batches of clothes and other essentials to those sheltering at the scene and is trying to deliver food to those in need.

Joe Grossmann, the business’ owner told HuffPost UK: “Watching the news this morning, it’s just devastating. I live in the area and just felt compelled to help, in whatever way we could.”

Many people simply opened their own homes and offered to help in whatever way they could

A number of crowdfunding campaign were also started to help those affected, with thousands of pounds donated in a matter of hours.

The Met Police has set up a helpline for anyone concerned for their loved ones on 0800 0961 233.

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