I awoke this Moring to yet another tragedy in the heart of London.
With 12 already confirmed dead and many more missing or hospitalized, the events that unfolded this morning sent a sombre tone throughout the country. With many of us still mourning the horrific acts of terrorism that occurred in London and Manchester in the last month, it seems we have yet another incident that will go down in history for all the wrong reasons.
I’m sure an investigation will begin as to how, in this day and age, a 24-story residential building in the heart of the capital can be engulfed in flames so quickly without adequate warning for its inhabitants. Survivors have claimed the alarms failed to sound, the sprinklers failed to go off and the only route out the building was blocked. I’ve already heard disturbing reports that concerns had been raised about the safety of the structure and the fact the systems failed only adds substance to those reports. Whoever’s responsible for these shortcomings is sure to have a rough night’s sleep, and rightly so.
We must give respect to the local Londoners and of the course the fire services, for their courage’s actions throughout the day. You may have already heard the heart-breaking story of a woman throwing her baby out the window in a desperate attempt to save her child’s life. Thankfully, the baby survived after begin caught from a 10 story drop, but the same cannot be said for many who were still trapped inside.
The one positive we can take from today is the country’s unified response to such tragic events. Regardless of what’s going on in the world, it’s comforting to know that in times of need the good people of this country would happily risk their lives to save others. It’s also been reported that the first on the scene were local Muslims who left morning prayer to help those affected by the fire. If that doesn’t portray the true nature of the Muslim community, then I don’t know what does.
This event further highlights the need for significant investment into the emergency services and redevelopment of outdated apartment buildings. This would not have happened in a luxury apartment building, and as soon as wealth becomes a factor in safety we know we have a serious problem.
There needs to be serious investigations into to how this tragedy occurred and I’m sure a few people will be feeling very guilty about something which could have been easily avoided. I’m sure there will be interesting points raised in the coming days about exactly what caused the significant loss of life and when it does, I hope everyone accountable gets exactly what they deserve.