Re: Hundreds feared dead in London tower block fireJul 1st, 2017
You mean, where AC generation originated, was invented, developed and where the first grids were connected, we use lower voltages. When Britain finally got electricity, you did a "funny" with it and got it wrong (surprise, surprise)
Electricity became practical for everyday use in technology thanks to the British scientist Michael Faraday.
The first alternator to produce alternating current was a dynamo electric generator based on Faraday's principles constructed by the French instrument maker Hippolyte Pixii in 1832.
The first central high-voltage power station in the world was the first of three coal-fired power stations at Deptford on the south bank of the Thames.
The British inventor and chemist Humphry Davy invented the light bulb in 1802.
The world's first public electricity supply was provided in late 1881, when the streets of the Surrey town of Godalming in the UK were lit with electric light. This system was powered from a water wheel on the River Wey, which drove a Siemens alternator that supplied a number of arc lamps within the town. This supply scheme also provided electricity to a number of shops and premises to light 34 incandescent Swan light bulbs.
Today, two of the top ten biggest electric power companies in the world are British - none are American or Canadian.
Grenfell Tower Disaster death toll rises to 80 - and police admit they may not know the final death toll until next year. 18 victims have been idenitified so far...
Grenfell death toll of 80 mainly came from 23 flats, police say as inquest hears how six-month-old baby found in mother’s arms
Grenfell Tower Block Fire Credit: Guilhem Baker
28 June 2017
The death toll from the Grenfell Tower fire is believed to be around 80 people, the vast majority of whom were from 23 flats, police believe.
Metropolitan Police Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said contact had been made with at least one occupant from 106 of the 129 flats in the building.
From those properties, 18 people are dead or assumed dead, meaning the remaining victims are thought to have been in the flats wiped out by the inferno.
It will be months before the final roll call of victims is established, Ms McCormack said.
She said: "There are 23 flats that, despite huge investigative efforts, we have been unable to trace anyone that lives there.
"At this stage we must presume that no-one in those flats survived. That includes anyone who lived there or was visiting them."
Pressed on whether the death toll could climb to triple figures, Ms McCormack said: "I've said I believe it could increase. I don't think it's going to be triple. No."
A six-month-old baby was among the latest victims to be identified, found dead in her mother's arms in the smoke-filled stairwell.
Posters were put up searching for information on Omar Belkadi, his wife Farah Hamdan and their 6 Month Old Daughter Credit: Nick Edwards
Westminster Coroner's Court opened and adjourned inquests into seven Grenfell Tower victims, including baby Leena Belkadi and her eight-year-old sister Malak.
As the vast criminal investigation into the fire continues, 60 organisations have been identified as having a hand in the tower's refurbishment, which is suspected to have aided the spread of the blaze.
Views Of The Remains Of The Grenfell Tower Block Credit: Carl Court
Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed on Wednesday that 120 tower blocks across 37 local authority areas have flammable cladding on their exterior.
Efforts to establish who was missing in the wake of the fire were focused on talking to friends, families and neighbours of those in Grenfell Tower, Ms McCormack said.
A list of tenants provided to police by the Kensington and Chelsea Tenants Management Organisation, which managed the building, was "not accurate", she claimed.
"We are many months from being able to provide a number which we believe accurately represents the total loss of life inside Grenfell Tower.
"Only after we have completed a search and recovery operation, which will take until the end of the year.
"What I can say is that we believe that around 80 people are either dead or sadly missing and I must presume that they are dead."
The 23 flats which were said to have no survivors were spread between the 11th floor and the 23rd.
Around 10 flats remain too perilous for police to venture into for thorough examination.
Amid mounting distrust of the official death toll, Ms McCormack stressed "every imaginable source" of information about who was in the building had been examined, "from government agencies to fast food companies".
Views Of The Remains Of The Grenfell Tower Block Credit: Carl Court
She said: "What we know is that it would be impossible for anyone to produce a list to show exactly who was at Grenfell Tower that night, that includes the people who were living there or who were visiting."
A couple who were missing and assumed dead had actually been on holiday at the time of the blaze, according to the detective.
Referring to the criminal probe, which has set out to establish if charges including manslaughter will be brought, Ms McCormack said: "We are continuing to seize material on a daily basis and the number of companies and organisations that we know so far had played a role in the refurbishment is over 60."
Grenfell death toll of 80 mainly came from 23 flats, police say as inquest hears how six-month-old baby found in mother
Baby girl was found dead in mother's arms in Grenfell Tower stairwell
Six-month-old Leena Belkadi died along with both parents and eight-year-old sister, inquest hears
Thursday 29 June 2017
A six-month-old baby was found dead in her mother’s arms after the Grenfell Tower disaster, in which at least 80 people died or are missing presumed dead, an inquest has heard.
Leena Belkadi’s body was found in a stairwell between the 19th and 20th floors of the 24-storey high-rise block, Westminster coroner’s court was told.
The coroner’s officer, Eric Sword, said she was “found in her mother’s arms”. Leena’s sister, Malak, aged eight, who was recovered from the 20th floor, where the family lived, and taken to St Mary’s Hospital, also later died. The cause of death for both sisters was given as inhalation of fire fumes.
Tottenham MP David Lammy has described the official death toll so far of 80 as being "far, far too low"
The girls’ parents, Farah Hamdan and Omar Belkadi, also died in the blaze and inquests into their deaths have already been opened and adjourned. Another daughter, Tazmin, six, was taken to St Mary’s hospital.
The Westminster coroner, Dr Fiona Wilcox, opened and adjourned inquests on Wednesday into the deaths of seven who died at Grenfell Tower, including the two sisters.
Also among them was the Syrian refugee Mohammed Al Haj Ali, 23, previously named as Mohammad Alhajali, and who was the first fatality of the disaster to be formally identified by police.
Pop star Rita Ora pays tribute to the victims with this T-shirt
His body was found outside the tower block, and his preliminary cause of death was given as multiple injuries consistent with a fall from a height, the inquest heard. The funeral of the engineering student was held a week after the disaster and attended by family, some of whom travelled from Syria to be present. Two family members attended the hearing as the coroner expressed her “sincere condolences” to them, and all others affected by the deaths.
Husna Begum, 22, and her relative Rabeya Begum, 64, were also among the dead. They were identified by dental records and both causes of death were “consistent with the effects of fire”, the inquest heard. Husna’s body was found in the lobby near to the lifts on the 17th floor, while Rabeya’s was recovered from the family’s flat on the same floor. Five members of the family were reported missing after the fire, but it is not yet clear what has happened to the other three.
The inquest of Mohamed Amied Neda, 57, who lived on the 23rd floor, was also opened. He was found outside the tower and died from multiple injuries consistent with a fall. He was reported missing after the fire and his family were also said to have been severely injured and in hospital. Zia Popal, who described him as his uncle, had posted on Facebook: “He was on the top floor of the building trying to help and went missing since.” Three family members attended the hearing. The coroner thanked them, saying: “I am impressed with your dignity.”
Abdeslam Sebbar, 67, died from inhalation of fire fumes. The inquest heard he was found in a flat on the 11th floor and identified by DNA.
Grenfell Tower victim Isaac Paulos, 5, choked to death on fire fumes
The coroner overseeing formal investigations into the causes of death for each of the Grenfell Tower fire victims has spoken of the almost indescribable complexity of identifying them as scepticism about the official death toll grows.
The Westminster coroner, Dr Fiona Wilcox, said the removal of bodies and formal identification would continue to be hampered by how dangerous the Kensington tower block has become since the blaze.
Opening the inquest into five-year-old Isaac Paulos, one of the 18 people identified so far, she said: “It can’t really be explained in enough detail how complex an investigation this is in terms of identification and in terms of recovery of bodies on a dangerous site that my team are not allowed to enter because the building is being shored up.”
Paulos, one of the youngest of the victims so far, lived with his family on the 18th floor and was found on the 13th floor, Wilcox said. He was identified by dental records and his preliminary cause of death was given as inhalation of fire fumes.