Firefighters thank Londoners for ‘overwhelming’ support after Grenfell Tower blaze

London’s firefighters have praised the “overwhelming” support they have been given by members of the public after the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

More than 200 firefighters were called to the blaze in the early hours of Wednesday and commissioner Dany Cotton said crews would remain at the scene for many days.

London Fire Brigade shared a picture on social media of a card which had been handed to crews in North Kensington.

Written by someone called Derin to all the emergency services, the card said: “Thank you all by saving people’s lives.”

Lovely thank you letter received by crews at #GrenfellTower. The support we have received from all over the world has been overwhelming.

— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) June 15, 2017

The service said: “The support we have received from all over the world has been overwhelming.”

Firefighters ran into the burning building as residents screamed and threw children from windows to try to save them from the inferno as it tore through the 24-storey block.

Emergency services scrambled to the scene in a race to save lives shortly before 1am.

Grenfell Tower Firefighters – In pictures

Onlookers were seen applauding firefighters in the streets as they came off shift, while cafes threw open their doors to offer free refreshments to the workers left shattered by a 10-hour battle against the blaze.

Witnesses took to social media to empathise with “heroic” first responders who arrived at the scene six minutes after the fire was reported and were later seen looking shaken.

The praise came as an expert said the blaze faced by the firefighters was completely unprecedented in the UK.

David Sibert, Fire Brigade Union fire safety expert, said: “What’s happened in this fire today is like nothing that anyone in this country has seen ever.

“It’s too early to say or speculate but it certainly appears as though the fire has spread up the outside of the building, much more quickly than it should have done, something has gone wrong,” he said.

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