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Child's Note Found Outside Grenfell Tower Blaze (Photo)

| by Alex Scarr

Witnesses outside the Grenfell Tower block are finding debris littering the streets in West London after the Tower went up in flames.

One particular piece of debris that has gained traction on social media is a charred handwritten note that appears to have been written by a young child, according to the Mirror. The note, found burnt around the edges, described an upbeat attitude as the child wrote about their positive outlook on life.

"I can not describe my feeling," began the note. "I am very, very happy / I have lots of ideas and plans / I have lots of dreams I want to achieve."

A piece of children's homework was also found at the scene among the ash and soot that covered nearby streets.

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A fire engulfed the 24-story residential tower in the early morning hours of June 14, trapping several people on the top floors of the building, according to The Telegraph. Thus far, 12 people have been confirmed dead as a result of the blaze, with 18 more in critical care and another 79 in need of assistance. Those numbers are expected to rise.

Residents reported that at the onset of the fire, they were told to "stay in their homes" while the situation was sorted out. The fire quickly grew out of control, however, trapping several units at the top of the tower.

Panicked tenants tried to save children and themselves by jumping out windows. Some of them used trash bags as makeshift parachutes. Survivors continue to be pulled out of the smoldering building as of this writing, but reports remain unclear of the total number missing or dead.

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"There will be a great many questions over the coming days as to the cause of this tragedy and I want to reassure Londoners that we will get all the answers," said London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Reports have come out that building supervisors knew about the potential fire hazard at Grenfell Tower and did not take action.

At the time of the fire, there was only one entrance and one exit at Grenfell Tower as it underwent construction. Just a few months before the fire, a chairman for the tenancy organization that represented those at Grenfell Tower wrote in a blog post about the safety concerns of residents, saying only "a catastrophic event" would bring attention to the matter.

Several posts had been written over a three-year period, describing the hazardous and unsafe conditions at Grenfell Tower. The main concerns from residents were the single entrance and exit as well as the closure of a fire escape at the top floor.

"All our warnings fell on deaf ears and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable and just a matter of time," read a post shortly after the fire, according to The Telegraph.

Sources: Mirror, The Telegraph (2), Grenfell Action Group (23) / Photo credit: Natalie Oxford/Wikimedia Commons,  London News Pictures Ltd via Mirror

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