Building blaze traumatises London firefighters

2017-06-15 13:00
The sun creates a rainbow effect as firefighters work at the scene of the deadly blaze. (Alastair Grant)

The sun creates a rainbow effect as firefighters work at the scene of the deadly blaze. (Alastair Grant)

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London - London's fire commissioner says that firefighters have been traumatised by the devastation they witnessed during a high-rise apartment blaze that killed at least 12 people. Authorities have said the toll is expected to be significantly higher.

Firefighters have extinguished the last of the flames at the 24-storey building and are now working to make it safe so they can continue the search for more victims.

Entire families are missing, and the death toll is certain to rise. Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton told Sky News it would be a miracle if anyone were to be found alive.

Cotton says that firefighters are having trouble with the aftermath. She says "we like to think of ourselves as 'roughty, toughty' and heroes. They are heroes, but they have feelings and people were absolutely devastated".

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