London Fire: How one Grenfell Tower resident escaped – BBC News

Image copyright Christos Fairbairn

When Grenfell Tower in west London captured on fire in the early hours of Wednesday, a variety of its residents had the ability to leave the blaze that eliminated much of their neighbours and has actually left numerous others unaccounted for. Among them was 15th flooring homeowner Christos Fairbairn, 41, who has actually informed his own story of that night. (Some readers might discover his account to be stressful).


I reside on the 15th flooring of Grenfell Tower. I moved there 2 years back. When I heard aggressive knocking at my door, #peeee

At around 12.45 am on Wednesday early morning I was enjoying TELEVISION. I heard more activity and sound outdoors and quickly after I heard an alarm go off in the structure. When I understood there was a fire, I saw smoke coming into the flat and that’s.

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I called the fire service and they informed me to obtain out. They stated “Wrap a damp towel around yourself and leave the block.”

But I opened the smoke and the door was so thick I could not. I aimed to leave the flat 3 times and each time the smoke was too thick.

I began to stress. I started banging on the window shouting: “Help me, assist me, I’m stuck!” I aimed to open the window however I burnt my hand on the melted plastic.

I might see cops outdoors and individuals simply standing there. It seemed like they were simply enjoying me. I understood if I do not go I would pass away here.

I covered a damp jumper around myself and lacked the door with simply the clothing on my back and my phone. The smoke was black and it was so hot and I could not breathe however I kept going.

Image caption 40 fire truck and 200 firemens took on the blaze

I might feel myself tripping over in the dark. I was tripping over bodies. On among the floorings I tripped terribly and fell, as I searched for I saw the face of a dead male.

I can still visualize him now.

As I got to the 4th or 3rd flooring I was choking and could not breath. I began to feel faint. When I felt a firemen get me, I collapsed and that’s.

I went to medical facility and was dealt with for smoke inhalation. I had a lot toxin in my lungs. I was sobbing and having flashbacks.

Now I am entrusted absolutely nothing and have no place to live. The council have actually paid for a space for me in Earls Court in London where I am remaining now.

Image copyright Christos Fairbairn
Image caption Christos states he feels fortunate to be alive

“I cannot think I live. I will always remember exactly what occurred and how traumatising it was. I understand I will never ever reside in a tower block once again.

I feel fortunate to be alive however I am ravaged for those who were hurt and lost their lives. Life is so brief I understand I will see my friends and family more now and value the life I have. I should not be here today however I am, and for that I am glad.”

Compiled by Rozina Sini, BBC’s UGC and Social News group

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