Today thousands of cricket spectators watched the match with excitement for the first semi – final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 between England vs. Pakistan.  The much awaited match was played at Cardiff Stadium which always has been one of the best venues for international Cricket.  According to some cricket experts, Cardiff has a spectacular pitch as it provides an excellent competition between bat and ball.  Live broadcast of the ICC tournament’s first semi-final was viewed by millions of enthusiastic spectators worldwide. Unfortunately the cricket excitement has already died down among Pakistani and English fans due to the horrific London fire.

 In the early hours of Wednesday morning a huge fire ripped through a tower block in West London while most of the residents were still asleep. According to the authorities six lives have been claimed and dozens have been injured. The full height of the 24 story block was soon engulfed by the rapid strong blaze which kept burning for more than six hours. According to the police the high rise apartment block might crumble owing to the blaze. More than 250 firefighters battled the blaze as dozens of residents were still trapped in the building. Eye witnesses saw trapped residents screaming for help from their windows.  Thick pillars of smoke rose high and were visible across Britain’s capital as fire fighters battled the “unprecedented fire.”

Danny Cotton London’s fire commissioner informed that 40 engines, a variety of specialist vehicles, 14 fire rescue vehicles and “20 ambulance crews were in attendants.”  London’s ambulance service has confirmed that 74 people are currently being treated, 20 of whom are in critical condition.  According to Theresa May’s Ten Downing Statement the Prime Minister is “deeply saddened “by the destructive fire that engulfed Grenfell Tower in west London.

According to a witness Samira Lamrani a woman “on the ninth or 10 floor” dropped her baby out of window trying to save him. The woman shouted from the window that she was about to throw the baby out of the window and if somebody could catch the child. Fortunately a gentleman ran forward and quickly grabbed the child.

The residents of neighboring streets have evacuated owing to the debris falling from the high rise building. Those who have managed to escape the fire have gathered at the Rugby Portobello center. London’s mayor Sadiq Khan said “my heart goes out to everyone affected. “  He further added that there are questions that need to be answered about the cause of this disaster.


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