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Teenager Survived The Towering Inferno Before Sitting GCSE

Ines Alves, 16, fled yesterday’s inferno from the 13th floor of the block in West London, where she lived with her parents and brother. She then went to sit the exam at her school in Hammersmith.

Ines was still wearing the same clothes she had escaped in, but was determined to sit the test after studying hard.

She told Mirror Online reporter Jane Lavender: ‘I put on my jeans and a top and just grabbed by phone and chemistry notes. I was trying to revise while we waited downstairs as we thought it was a small fire at first but it was impossible.

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‘Considering what had happened I think the exam went OK. I want to do A-level chemistry and I need an A in science so I was thinking of my future when I decided to sit the exam.’

Ines’s family have lost almost everything they own, although she managed to take her phone and chemistry revision notes as they fled their house yesterday.

Her brother Tiago, a university physics student, said her school had contacted the exam board and told her she did not have to come in – but she insisted.

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Ines’s family have lost almost everything they own, although she managed to take her phone and chemistry revision notes.

At least 17 people have died in the Grenfell Tower fire, although the death toll is still expected to rise, emergency services have said this morning.

Housing chiefs, council bosses and even government ministers were accused of having ‘blood on their hands’ over failings that saw a tower block turn into an inferno in minutes in the worst British disaster in at least 30 years.

In scenes reminiscent of 9/11, trapped residents leapt to their deaths from the 1970s high-rise. Families were burnt alive as neighbours watched in horror.

The blaze swept through the tower with lightning speed while most of its 600 residents slept. Barely anyone above the 14th floor is thought to have survived.

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Photo: Dailymail

Identification of the victims is likely to take weeks and it is thought the death toll could rise to more than 100.
Furious residents pointed to design and building flaws that apparently allowed a minor fridge fire to spiral out of control.

Specialist urban search and rescue teams are being brought in to make the 24-storey tower block safe to allow firefighters and the police to carry out investigations, following the devastating blaze that started in the early hours of yesterday.

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Search dogs will also be used to help locate the missing in the wreckage.

More than £1million has been raised to help those affected by the fire, while volunteers and charities helped feed and shelter people who could not return to their homes overnight.

A wall of condolence was put up near the scene, with photographs showing dozens of messages left for loved ones.

Prime Minister Theresa May has promised an investigation after the building went up in flames amid growing concerns about how the blaze could have spread so rapidly.

The Queen paid tribute to the ‘bravery’ of firefighters and praised the ‘incredible generosity’ of volunteers offering their support to those affected.

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