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Firefighters Receive Huge Applause During Memorial For Grenfell Tower Victims

Firefighters Receive Huge Applause During Memorial For Grenfell Tower Victims

This is beautiful.

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie

The victims caught in the devastating blaze in London were being remembered at the Latymer Community Church. Hundreds of people came and left flowers and messages for those lost or affected by the tragedy.

But when fire trucks leaving the scene of the charred building passed the crowd, people burst into applause. They formed a human tunnel before clapping and cheering the fire fighters, who have been working around the clock since the inferno took hold early Wednesday morning.

Check out the touching footage here:

Another truck, which was going towards the building to relieve another team, was similarly given a huge outpouring of support.

Out of the 250 firefighters who rushed to the scene, nine are reported to have suffered minor injuries, including burns, smoke inhalation and exhaustion.

Scotland Yard says 58 people died in the blaze, or are missing and presumed dead. The search and rescue operation to find those still missing could take weeks.

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said: "This is a large building, there will be a large amount of building work required internally.

"Before we do that, we are going to utilise some specialist dog training teams that we have, that will go through the building and the surrounding area looking for any identification of people.

"It is the upper floors which will be more challenging and will need some additional shoring up for us to be able to get in there.

"This will be a detailed fingertip search. Obviously, this will be a very slow and painstaking process."

Dogs used in the search of Grenfell Tower
Dogs used in the search of Grenfell Tower

One of the dogs used in the search investigation. Credit: London Fire Brigade

The Home Office has announced that it will consider giving visas to the family of the first identified victim. Syrian national Mohammed Alhajali's family have been allowed to travel to the UK for the funeral and could be offered to stay longer on compassionate grounds.

After leaving a memorial service in St Clement's Church, west London, Mayor Sadiq Khan says all tower blocks across the city need to be checked and deemed safe.

He's told BBC: "Is it the case that the cladding currently appears to be lawful according to the regulations, but isn't fit for purpose? Is it the case the way the cladding was fitted was faulty? How many tower blocks have this cladding? How many tower blocks have had cladding fitted properly or improperly?"

Musicians including Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones, Rita Ora, Pixie Lott, Leona Lewis, X-Factor winner Louisa Johnson and Emeli Sandé, are collaborating for a charity single to raise funds for the victims. It's understood it will be a cover of Simon and Garfunkel's 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'.

The artists will be back up by a huge ensemble of 300 people from local churches and choirs.

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: Grenfell Tower