Une tour HLM de 27 étages s'embrase dans le cœur de Londres

15 Juin, 2017, 03:43 | Author: Loic Jullien

"Plusieurs personnes ont été prises en charge pour des blessures diverses", a indiqué la police londonienne.

La tour datait de 1974.

Ce n'est pas un attentat, mais un incendie d'une effroyable intensité dans une tour résidentielle de l'ouest de la capitale britannique qui a fait au moins douze morts et plus de 74 blessés. Situé dans le quartier de North Kensington, près de Sheperd's Bush et de Notting Hill, ce logement social est désormais au centre de toutes les attentions.

Les services consulaires marocains sont déjà sur place. Un nombre indéterminé de personnes pourraient toujours se trouver à l'intérieur.

Deux cents pompiers continuaient à lutter tôt mercredi matin contre cet incendie spectaculaire.

Sur un blog, un collectif de résidents pointait depuis plusieurs années les carences du système d'information et de protection des habitants de l'immeuble en cas d'incendie.

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Selon un journaliste de l'AFP sur place, la police a évacué une partie des immeubles et maisons voisins, menacés par la chute de débris lourds, alors que certains craignaient que la tour puisse s'effondrer.

Salah Chebiouni, 45 ans, qui a réussi à sortir de l'immeuble à temps, a les mêmes interrogations. Un homme a par exemple été aperçu agitant un linge blanc par la fenêtre.

Mais elle était terriblement inquiète pour son frère, Abdelaziz El-Wahabi, l'épouse de celui-ci, Faouzia et leurs enfants, qui habitent au 21e étage. J'ai levé les yeux et j'ai vu une femme s'agiter frénétiquement et hurler, signifiant avec ses mains qu'elle allait jeter son bébé. Mais l'histoire de cette femme n'était pas unique: les gens criaient à l'aide de tous côtés, se rappelle la femme. C'était vers 2 heures du matin. "Quand nous avons ouvert la porte, les flammes se sont engouffrées dans l'appartement", raconte-t-elle.

Les pompiers présents sur les lieux font état de "plusieurs morts " et plusieurs personnes seraient encore prisonnières des flammes. "On estime qu'il y a un trop grand risque d'effondrement à partir du moment où l'architecte ou le spécialiste de prévention dit que les structures ne résisteront plus à l'exposition au feu parce qu'elle a duré trop longtemps". Le feu n'était pas encore arrivé jusqu'en haut de l'immeuble.

- 26 août 2005: FRANCE - 17 morts, dont 14 enfants, et une trentaine de blessés dans l'incendie criminel qui embrase un immeuble vétuste du XIIIe arrondissement de Paris. Fin 2015, "90% des résidents ont signé une pétition (.) se plaignant de la mauvaise gestion de l'entreprise responsable de la maintenance de l'immeuble", a souligné David Collins, président de l'association des résidents de la tour jusqu'en octobre dernier. La cause? De nombreux détritus s'étaient accumulés lors des travaux successifs.


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