A Sobering Tweet About The Grenfell Tower Blaze Captures The Bravery Of London's Firefighters

The tweet highlights the danger they faced to rescue residents still inside.

The fast-moving Grenfell Tower fire all but destroyed the 27-story London apartment building in the early hours of June 14. The Guardian reports 17 people are confirmed to have perished in the blaze and an additional 74 people remain hospitalized, while many others are still missing.

As hard as it may be to believe, those figures likely would've been much higher had it not been for the quick thinking of Muslims community members still awake because of Ramadan and the rapid response of the London Fire Brigade. While many Muslims reportedly alerted some of their sleeping neighbors to the encroaching blaze, hundreds of firefighters with the London Fire Brigade rescued trapped residents and spent hours extinguishing the fire.

Though government statistics show there's been a long-term decline in the number of fire incidents, with both fires and fire-related deaths falling over the long term in Great Britain, this fire moved rapidly and destroyed nearly everything in its path, making it particularly difficult for firefighters to combat it and rescue trapped civilians. 

Per Mashable, one firefighter named Mick shared a sobering tweet that encapsulated the sheer bravery he and the other firefighters exhibited while extinguishing the flames.

The tweet, which has since been deleted, read, "You know it's not going to be good when your told to write your name on you helmet before you go in!" Mick also included a photo of his helmet with his name and fire station number written across it, as seen below.


Mick's tweet struck a chord with Londoners and those watching the story unfold across the world. According to Mashable, his serious message had been shared nearly 15,000 times before his account was deleted, and he'd received well over 1,000 replies.

Not surprisingly, many people thanked Mick for his bravery. Check out some of the replies below:

People were also quick to express their gratitude to the London Fire Brigade as a whole, with many sharing photos of firefighters exhausted from going up against such a savage blaze.

In addition to the selflessness of Mick and the other firefighters, Londoners have expressed incredible compassion for each other following yet another tragedy. Within hours of the start of the fire, people across England's capital city had donated countless goods (and hundreds of thousands of pounds) to aid the victims.

Cover image via Attphotography.


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