Cllr Joe Carlebach writes
Like many of you I have been watching the unfolding disaster at Grenfell Tower just a stones through form our Borough. I am sure all the residents of Hammersmith and Fulham will join with me in sending our thoughts and prayers to all the effected especially where loved ones have been injured or are still missing.
I understand that at the time of writing there is a confirmed total of six fatalities with the emergency services expecting the total to rise.This loss is too heart breaking to describe. I know that many of you will be asking what you can do to help our neighbours in their hour of greatest need.
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I also want to publicly thank the Emergency services who rushed to the scene, doing their very best to help the victims of this disaster.
In particular I would like to thank the Police, London Fire Brigade, London Ambulance Service and of course our wonderful NHS staff at all our local hospitals especially St Mary’s and Charring Cross.
As always your heroism, so often understated, is what makes you world class in what you do.
There are also a lot of questions to be asked about how this fire spread so quickly and why it took so long to evacuate the building. Now is not the time for any inquests but there are clearly lessons to be learnt. These lessons will apply to us too as we have a significant number of tower blocks here in Hammersmith and Fulham. It would be totally unacceptable not to learn the very hard lessons of this disaster to avoid future tragedies.