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Grenfell Tower fire: Northern Ireland woman describes overwhelming scenes of generosity at London distribution centre after inferno

By Claire Williamson

A woman from Northern Ireland has told of the overwhelming amount of donations for those who lost their home in the Grenfell Tower Block tragedy - as she helped at an impromptu centre in London following the blaze that has claimed at least 17 lives.

The London Fire Brigade has said it does not expect to find anymore survivors.

Investigators had been trawling through the wreckage in the search for other victims. The Metropolitan Police said there are 37 people still receiving care in hospital with seventeen in a critical condition.

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On Thursday morning, London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said the edges of the building are no longer safe for firefighters.

The search operation is likely to take weeks.

Commander Stuart Cundy, of the Metropolitan Police, said: "Sadly I can confirm that the number of people who have died is now 17.

"We do believe that that number will sadly increase."

Ruth Campbell (25) from Ballymena has been living in London for two years. She lives in the south east of the city and works for Imperial College.

They have a brand new campus in west London and last night she was helping at an event in White City which is near to the site of the tragedy.

She said: "All the local churches and community centres opened up and were inundated with donations. The college has a spare science space which they opened up because it's currently empty.

"I couldn't believe it. When I arrived after work we had to close the doors because we didn't have any space for all the donations.

"There were people with vans of stuff and had been driving for hours to get there - we had so many things."

Ruth said that it was "amazing" to see the community come together.

She said: "There were families with kids carrying bags, older people with suitcases. I have never seen anything like it. People that would never talk to one another helping each other, handing out bottles of water  - the community just came together.

"They were quite calm. There was nobody really panicked but the mood was quite sombre. There were kids who had family members in the tower.

She added: "There were mountains of bags that people have left off and we are sorting them out. We have more than enough clothes we need tooth brushes, bedding, toiletries and towels. We need people's time and money."

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