Grenfell Tower mum saves family by running bath and flooding flat

An incredibly brave mother saved her family by thinking on her feet as a fire swept through a 24-storey block of flats where she lived.

Quick thinking Natasha Elcock was trapped along with her boyfriend and her six-year-old daughter in their 11th floor home when the blaze ripped through Grenfell Tower in the early hours of Wednesday.

The mum managed to save herself and her loved ones - by running a bath and flooding the flat.

According to the Mirror, the family had followed instructions to stay in the flat if a fire broke out.
Natasha explained the front door was too hot to touch and when it started to buckle and the windows began to bubble, the John Lewis worker knew she had to take drastic action.

The 38-year-old mum, who has lived in the tower block for 20 years, turned on her taps and flooded the bathroom.

She told the Daily Star : "I let the bathroom flood. It kept the flat damp and it may have saved our lives."

Natasha kept her daughter on the wet floor and made sure her family stayed in the coldest room.

Firefighters eventually reached the stricken family at 3am and led them to safety.

The death toll after the tragedy has now risen to 17 and fire bosses have warned the number of people killed could be more than 100.
Six bodies have so far been recovered from the gutted 24-storey tower, while 11 have been located inside but cannot yet be removed.

Currently, 17 people are known to have died in the blaze, six of whom have been provisionally identified, but the death toll is expected rise significantly.

Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said: "It may be - and I just don't know - it may be that ultimately some victims remain unidentified.

"I won't know that until we've gone through the full recovery from Grenfell Tower and we know exactly what we've got and I anticipate that is going to take a considerable period of time.

"Not just the immediate recovery of the bodies we have found but the full search of that whole building, we could be talking weeks, we could be talking months - it is a very long process.

"There is a risk that sadly we may not be able to identify everybody."

Prime Minister Theresa May ordered a full public inquiry into the disaster amid mounting anger that the fire might have been preventable.

Speaking to reporters, Mr Cundy's voice at one stage cracked as he revealed the emotional toll the events had taken on him.

Asked if the death toll could climb to triple figures, he said: "From a personal perspective, I really hope it isn't.

"For those of us that have been down there, it's pretty emotional, so I hope it is not triple figures, but I can't be drawn on the numbers."

A criminal investigation has been launched in the wake of the fatal fire.

It followed calls for those involved in the building's recent renovation - which many claim posed a major safety risk - to face prosecution.

"We as the police have started an investigation, I mentioned when I was down at the scene this morning that one of our very senior investigating officers is leading that for us," the commander said.

"We as the police, we investigate criminal offences - I am not sitting here and saying there are criminal offences that have been committed, that's why you do an investigation, to establish it.

"This will need to be a lot of work between us and other investigating agencies to establish what has happened and why and that is going to take a considerable period of time."

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