The bodies of up to 42 people were found in just one room by search and rescue teams combing Grenfell Tower after the fatal fire last week, it has been claimed.
It is believed the remains of the group were discovered inside one of the flats by recovery teams who have been searching the White City tower block over the last few days.
A video uploaded on YouTube shows an unnamed man speaking in front of the burned out tower. He said: ‘He said: ‘I’ve got a friend who works for the fire brigade here, yeah? Yesterday on the phone he said they found about 42 bodies in one room, all hiding together. No-one knows that.’
A video uploaded on YouTube shows an unnamed man speaking in front of the burned out tower. He claims the bodies of 42 people were found in just one room
Residents tried to escape from Grenfell Tower (pictured) in west London in the early hours of Wednesday morning
‘It’s only because we know the brother, he’s a fireman, that he told us this – but he can’t tell you lot that.
‘He can’t come out because he’ll probably get the sack or something. But he said they found 42 bodies in one room, bruv, in one room. From children to old people.’
The number has not been confirmed by police or the fire service.
A spokesman for London Fire Service said he would be unable to confirm or deny the information and said the police were handling the investigation.
Another photograph shows the destruction caused to the lifts inside the 27-storey tower block (pictured)
And a spokesman for the Met Police said he would not be able to advise on numbers or information relating to the searches so far.
One of the worst disasters in recent history, police have confirmed 79 are thought to have died but the true figure is thought by residents and locals to be much higher.
A friend of victim, who wished to remain unnamed, told MailOnline close to the scene of the tragedy: ‘They found 42 bodies in one flat. The word tragic doesn’t even begin to describe it. It’s heartbreaking. Maybe they went there to comfort each other.’
The landscape of the Lancaster Estate in White City changed forever in the early hours of Wednesday morning after a fire broke out around 1.30pm.
In this image released by Metropolitan Plice, a firefighter is seen surveying the damage outside the entrance to Grenfell Tower
Harrowing images show the charred remains of flats and hallways that were once home to hundreds of families before the blaze broke out on Wednesday morning
Allegedly told to stay in their rooms, residents at the scene say people were sentenced to death when they were told not to leave.
Noha Baghdady’s brother Hesham Rahman lived on the 21st floor of Grenfell Tower, on the estate where he grew up.
A retired hairdresser and diabetic, 57-year-old Rahman has not been seen or heard from since he heartbreakingly told his mother he was running out of battery on the fateful morning when flames engulfed the tower block building in North Kensington, London.
Describing the last known moments of Heshman, Noha told MailOnline: ‘Our mother called him because she could see fire from where she lives. She told him ‘get out of there son, you need to get out’.
These are the people who lived in the tower and are still missing following the blaze on Wednesday
‘He called the police and asked for help but he was told to stay put in the flat and to lock the door. He was trapped.’
With tears in her eyes, Noha described how her brother was funny and had a great sense of humour.
‘The last time I spoke to him was only the day before, he sent me a hilarious video on WhatsApp that’s the sort of man he was,’ she said.
Distraught, Noha and her husband said they believed the authorities were deliberately keeping the death toll low.
‘The government needs to declare this as a disaster, someone needs to be held accountable,’ they said.
‘They aren’t reporting the proper number of deaths.’
A brace firefighter is pictured inside the burnt remains of the 27-storey building, as efforts are made to investigate what caused the blaze
Firefighters braved extreme temperatures and needed riot shield to protect themselves from falling debris including glass and cladding
A retired hairdresser, Hesham stopped working a few years ago after suffering from diabeties which caused his feet to swell.
In a separate harrowing incident related to the tragedy a mother-of-two recorded her final moments when she became trapped in her flat on the 23rd floor.
In a gut-wrenching video, Rania Ibrham, 30, could be heard asking for help as her frantic neighbours tried to flee their homes on the smoke-filled 23rd floor.
The distressing footage shows the mother-of-two desperately trying to escape but when she realises the she can’t leave, she begins to pray asking for help as those online were helpless to save her.
The haunting video has been etched into her friend Fatima’s memory who says she can’t get the thought out of her mind. Living opposite the enormous tower block where Rania lived, Fatima said she was awake when the fire broke out but was told not to enter the building or to help by the police.
Speaking to MailOnline close to the scene four days on, Fatima broke down and collapsed after describing her rage at a council who ‘ignored’ them and authorities who told her friend to stay inside.
‘They have done nothing, she called for help. They were told to stay up there but she died and her children have died,’ Fatima cried.
‘The government and the council haven’t done anything, it’s only the community. We have come together, they thought we wouldn’t but we did,’ she said.
Residents were trapped ‘screaming for their lives’ as flames raged through a 27-storey tower block in Notting Hill in the early hours today
On the upsetting video Fatima has watched, she said: ‘She kept asking ‘how’ ‘how’ ‘how’? She wanted to get out but she couldn’t, I can’t sleep, all I can hear is the screams from the building.’
Tonight as tempers flared outside one of the cordons by the North Kensington tower block, Fatima addressed a crowd about her outrage as nearby tv presenters prepared for a live broadcast.
‘People need to know the truth,’ she said. ‘These were our children, our friends who died.’
Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy speaking to the media near Grenfell Tower in west London
Rania’s devastated husband Hassan Hassan returned to the country from Egypt after hearing the news. Along with his wife, their two daughters Fethia, 5, and Hania, 3, are missing and presumed dead.
Fatima said: ‘He just stood outside the building and was crying and crying, what can he do? He’s lost his wife and his two children. It’s heartbreaking.’
Describing her friend, she said: ‘She was a lovely, lovely person. She was so nice. She would do anything for anyone.’
According to her Facebook, Rania studied economics and political science at the University of Oxford and worked in the community as the executive of a homeless outreach team.
On Saturday the Met Police announced the number of expected dead had risen from 30 up to 58 though residents on the ground told MailOnline they anticipated the true figure would be much higher.
A woman who asked not to be named was once of the first to witness the incident after emergency services were alerted on Wednesday morning.
‘That place is a graveyard in the sky. There were 600 people there and ask anyone, where are the survivors? Who has seen the survivors? There are loads of volunteers and people who saw it, but hardly anyone made it out. I heard people begging for help and begging for their lives. Most of those people who died had to be children. I haven’t been able to sleep,’ she cried.
A woman close to the scene heckled the television crews and asked for the media to ‘tell the truth’.
‘There are more than 58 dead, it’s in triple figures,’ she called.
The Met Police has been contacted for comment.