London fire hero caught falling tot 'like a rugby ball'
WHAT WE KNOW
- At least 17 confirmed dead, with toll likely to rise
- 200 people live in the 120 apartments inside the 24-storey tower.
- 40 fire crews fought the blaze
- Witnesses report seeing people trapped inside the blaze
AS London authorities continue the grim search for missing residents, new details have emerged of the incredible moment a hero caught his neighbour's four-year-old girl when she was flung from the burning Grenfell Tower block.
The Mirror reports locals told of how one mum on the fifth floor was screaming for help from her window with a young girl in her arms.
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Kadelia Woods, 20, told The Mirror: "The mum was screaming and the fire was raging like crazy."
A neighbour named Pat stepped up and urged the mum to drop her girl, she said.
"Pat was calling: 'Drop her, I'll catch her'.
"The mum was screaming: 'No, no, I can't!'
"Pat kept reassuring her and then the girl dropped.
"Everyone's hearts stopped but Pat managed to catch her like a rugby ball tucked into his chest."
Ms Woods said she doesn't believe the girl's mother survived.
The girl and Pat, who is believed to be in his 40s, were taken to hospital.
There remain fears the death toll in the London apartment tower fire could be "more than 100", as the eerie photographs emerge providing the first look inside the building's smouldering remains.
Seventeen people have been confirmed to have died in the fire, which ripped through the 24-storey apartment building in west London in the early hours of Wednesday, but the number of fatalities is expected to rise.
A London Council source has told the Huffington Post that "emergency services are expecting the number of deaths to be more than 100".
Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy told reporters on Thursday that some victims may never be identified.
"I'd like to hope that it isn't going to be triple figures," he said of the death toll.
London fire commissioner Dany Cotton said it would be a "miracle" if anyone else was found alive.
Meanwhile, new pictures show that some parts of Grenfell Tower are still being licked by flames, days after the blaze erupted.
A series of five images, obtained by news.com.au, shows the smouldering remains of a kitchen, with a battered fridge and charred oven surrounded by a blackened washing machine, melted chairs, crumbling walls and a dripping ceiling.
A fire still burns in the corner of the room and the windows are completely blown out.
Another photograph shows a brigade of firefighters in a hall surveying the damage.
A video has also been published by The Sun that reveals the devastation of the blaze, depicting flooded floors, piles of charred debris and even a wrapped dead body.
The video, which appears to have been shot in a building adjacent to the apartment tower, shows a web of firemen's hoses across the floor and water spilling down a stairwell.
Sooty handprints can be seen on the walls where it is presumed that residents tried to escape.
At one point the camera pans up to reveal the tower still coughing up black smoke.
Firefighters combed the sooty ruins of the 120-apartment tower on Thursday in a desperate search for scores of missing residents, however some parts of the building were too structurally unsafe to enter.
British Prime Minister Theresa May, who visited the scene on Thursday, has ordered a public inquiry to determine what caused the fire.
"We need to know what happened," she said.
"We need to know an explanation. We owe that to the families, to the people who have lost loved ones and the homes in which they lived."