Adele wore her heart on her sleeve Wednesday night when she visited the ashy remains of Grenfell Tower, the 24-story London apartment building that burned to the ground killing at least 12 people and injuring 74.
The Grammy-winning “Hello” singer, who hails from the nearby district of Tottenham, was spotted with her husband Simon Konecki in the Notting Hill neighborhood that was struck by tragedy at around 1 a.m. when flames engulfed the building.
Residents leapt for their lives from the burning tower as 200 firefighters desperately tried to stop the inferno. Late into the day, a huge plume of smoke still wafted across the London skyline and left a burned-out hulk in the working class, multi-ethnic neighborhood, the Associated Press reported.
“In my 29 years of being a firefighter, I have never, ever seen anything of this scale,” Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said.
An estimated 600 residents lived in 120 apartments in the Grenfell Tower, and while many were rescued, Commander Stuart Cundy of the Metropolitan police fears that the death toll of a dozen “will sadly increase.”
Hundreds of people have made desperate calls to a specially created casualty bureau to report missing loved ones in the aftermath of the blaze.
“My thoughts are with the victims, their families and all of those who had their homes destroyed,” British Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement. “It’s impossible to comprehend the horror of what they’ve been going through.”
The tragedy has sparked outcry from residents who claim their concerns about fire safety in the building had been ignored for over many years — despite a during a £10 million refurbishment last year — by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and the block’s management company, according to the Guardian.
The cause of the fire has not yet been reported.
Several GoFundMe campaigns have been set up by local residents as well as a local councilor to help the victims with emergency accommodations, clothes, food, etc. Please click on the links below if you wish to donate.
— Adele Now (@AdeleNowuk) June 15, 2017
Adele was at #GrenfellTower today supporting those affected by this tragedy .
Such a humble & Down-to-earth woman. pic.twitter.com/YyQHx5tA21
— AdeleHQ (@OfficialAdeleHQ) June 15, 2017