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Fire Brigade checked Grenfell Tower block days before the blaze broke out

More than 30 people have been confirmed dead in a blaze that ripped through a West London tower block shortly before 1am on June 14th.

Many more are reported as missing, and survivors say they only escaped after hearing neighbours banging on their door.

More than 500 people lived in that building, and it is not clear where all of those missing people are. Many local residents who live near the Grenfell area believe they are dead.

However, the full picture has not yet been reported.

No fire alarms went off during the blaze and the sprinklers were not working.

This is despite the fact that witnesses who previously lived in the tower block reported that a few days before the fire ripped through the tower block, they had been visited by the fire service who said they were there to check the alarms and sprinklers were working.

Shortly before they left, the fire service confirmed that everything was working as it should be.

They also told witnesses that if a fire ever broke out in the tower block, they should stay inside their houses.

Just two days later, residents were woken in the early hours of the morning as a fire did indeed claim the lives of many of those living in the houses.

Those who ignored the advice to stay inside during the fire, were the ones who survived.

Others were trapped inside the building and there are reports of mothers throwing their babies out of the windows in an attempt to save them from the inferno.

In the days following, the fire brigade has been battling to extinguish the blaze, that had claimed the lives of many of those living in the tower block.

Commissioner Dany Cotton said it would be a “miracle” to find anyone still alive in the charred shell, adding that there are still “unknown numbers of people” still inside the building.

The spread of the fire has been blamed on faulty cladding the lined the building and Prime Minister Theresa May said there will be a full investigation into the cause of the blaze.

The tower block was located in a West London suburb that had been subject to gentrification and redevelopment.

So far, it is not yet known what has caused the blaze.

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