>> Some were sleeping when the fire broke out just after midnight and awoke to find themselves trapped. Flames ripped through the Grenfell Tower block with terrifying speed on Wednesday. Witnesses say scores were injured, police warn the death toll will probably climb.>> Sadly I can confirm that the number of people that have died is now 17.
There are 37 people receiving treatment, of which 17 are still in critical care.>> Firefighters, more than 200 of them battled the inferno for hours. Several people were seen to throw their children to safety from windows. Survivors and local residents looking on helplessly as hellish scenes unfolded above them.
>> Went back in, I grabbed the little girl, put her under my dressing gown, that's what I had on. Called my girlfriend, I ran out outside, and then looks up and it was just a blaze, everything. It was an absolute nightmare, it was out of something of a horror movie.
>> We can see a lot of children and lot of mothers and fathers screaming for help, help, help. And putting their hands on the window and asking us to help them, and we couldn't do nothing.>> After the horror, the reckoning starts.>> There are genuine concerns.>> London's mayor, Sadiq Kahn, saying he'll demand answers to important safety questions.
>> Attention will now turn to pinpointing the cause of the blaze and how it was able to spread through 24 floors. I'm Lucy Fielder, reporting for Reuters from West London. Already construction experts and local residents we've been speaking to at the scene of the blaze, are asking questions about the type of cladding used.
It was fixed to the outside of the building during a multi-million pound refurbishment that was completed last year.>> Those causes aren't known yet though. The company that refitted the building saying it met the required safety standards. It won't end there, a Grenfell residents group had repeatedly raised the alarm about fire safety standards in the block.
Residents were advised to stay put if fire broke out, many say they heard no alarm. But amid the anger an outpouring of help and support from local residents, many await news of loved ones still missing after the blaze.