Jamie Oliver Offers Grenfell Tower Fire Victims Free Food And Shelter

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Jamie Oliver has offered Grenfell Tower residents a place to ‘hang out’ with free food and drinks after a fire tore through the entire 24-storey building.

The 43-year-old celebrity chef, reached out to the hundreds of families who have been left homeless by the blaze and said he would ‘feed and water’ them for free at the nearby Westfield branch of Jamie’s Italian.

Emergency services were called to Grenfell Tower in Shepherd’s Bush at 12.54am today, firefighters have been working tirelessly to put the fire out.

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So far, 12 people have been confirmed dead and the death toll is ‘expected to rise’.

Jamie posted a message on Instagram welcoming residents to the restaurant and sending his love out to those affected by the tragedy.

He said:

To any of the hundreds of families affected by this terrible fire at Grenfell Tower Notting Hill today, You are all welcome to come hang out in my restaurant and be fed and watered by my Jamies Italian team.

We are in the Westfield just around the corner.

Food and drink free of charge so just go and speak to my manager Juan and we will sort you out and give you some love …. this is for victims of the fire, our thoughts, love and prayers are with you all big love Jamie x x x x

Jamie is not the only celebrity offering his help – singer Lily Allen said she would provide a ‘bed and a tea’ and script writer Emma Freud offered ‘help and a roof’.

Jeremy Clarkson called on residents in Kensington to donate clothes to those who’d lost everything in the fire.

He tweeted:

People of Kensington. Remember to give what you can spare – clothes etc – to those made homeless by that terrible fire.

So far, thousands of pounds has been raised to help the families of Grenfell Tower residents through many crowdfunding campaigns.

The money being raised through JustGiving pages is to help family members and residents affected by the fire which has destroyed their homes.

More than 200 firefighters and officers attended the fire with 40 fire engines and a range of specialist vehicles being dispatched to get the blaze under control.

London Ambulance Service have confirmed more than 50 people have been taken to five hospitals across the capital.

Nick Paget-Brown, of Kensington and Chelsea council, said there would need to be an ‘investigation into the cause of the fire and why it spread so rapidly’.

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A group called the Grenfell Action Group repeatedly criticised the company that manages the tower block, Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO), on it’s fire safety record in a series of blog posts.

The group made frequent complaints about rubbish blocking exits and in November last year one member wrote that it would take a ‘catastrophic event’ to expose the issues residents had.

Police have instructed people concerned for friends and families to call the Casualty Bureau on 0800 0961 233.