Just 11 days on from the second terrorist attack to hit the capital this year, another tragedy strikes, with the shocking news of the blaze at the Grenfell Tower on Latimer Road.
While we do not know what the final toll will be in terms of lives lost – it currently stands at six – there is no doubt that it will be an unbelievably difficult time for all those affected, with many injured and, of course, homes and possessions destroyed.
Fortunately, though, like those aforementioned attacks, people are once again wasting no time in rushing forward to help, actions which deserve to be celebrated.
Support centres were quickly set up:
While people of all religions united to offer their help:
Local residents opened their doors:
Grenfell Tower is not far from the Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd’s Bush, and offers of support came flooding in, including from chef Jamie Oliver:
To any of the 100's of FAMILIES effected by this terrible fire at Grenfell Tower Notting hill today, You are all welcome to come hang out in my restaurant and be fed and watered by my Jamies Italian team. We are in the Westfield just around the corner. Food and drink free of charge so just go and speak to my manager Juan and we will sort you out and give you some love .... this is for victims of the fire our thoughts, love and prayers are with you all big love jamie x x x x
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Some people helped the emergency services:
Here is the latest information from the police (as of 12pm):