FIREFIGHTERS now face the grim task of removing bodies from the gutted Grenfell Tower as it is feared no one from the top three floors survived the raging London inferno.
At least 12 people have been killed and 20 more are fighting for their lives – but it is feared scores of residents may have perished.
Some desperate residents jumped to their deaths as they tried to escape being burnt alive.
Horrifying reports are now emerging that it is possible that anyone living on the top three floors died in the fire.
A local community leader said they are working with a missing list of “possibly hundreds” of residents.
The committee member, who asked not to be named, said: “I have been told that anyone past the 21st floor did not make it.
“The firefighters told them to stay where they were.
“There is a family of three who live quite high up, a heavily pregnant wife, husband and two little girls aged ten and 11.”
Firefighters confirmed “a number” of people had been killed in the terrifying blaze at the 24-storey Grenfell Towers that one witness said was started by his neighbour’s fridge exploding.
Residents also claim that the building was checked by the fire brigade as recently as Saturday.
Corinne Jones, who escaped with her partner from the 17th floor, told the BBC that a team from the fire service inspected the building over the weekend and gave advice, including remaining in the flat during a blaze.
The Metropolitan Police released a statement confirming the fatalities saying that they expect the death toll to rise.
Some frantic residents lashed bedsheets together in a crude attempt to escape the rapidly growing blaze.
Horrified witnesses told how they saw some families throwing children out of windows in an effort to save their lives from the inferno.
Another resident told the Huffington Post she saw a man catch a baby that was tossed from a ninth floor window.
She said: “She wrapped her baby in what seemed like a sheet or blanket and threw the young baby out of the window.
“A member of the public, a guy ran forward and just miraculously grabbed the baby at the right moment and then the shadow, I assume the mother, went backwards and that was the last we saw.”
A number of those stuck on upper floors have jumped to escape the flames.
Witnesses reported scenes “reminiscent of 9/11” as residents jumped from upper floors of the building.