Mother saves family during London tower fire by flooding bathroom


LONDON — A mother reportedly saved her family by flooding her bathroom during the deadly London high-rise fire.

Natasha Elcock was trapped on the 11th floor with her six-year-old daughter and boyfriend as the fire tore through the apartment block, according to The Sun newspaper.

"I let the bathroom flood. It kept the [apartment] damp. It may have saved our lives," the paper quoted Elcock as saying.

She said the trio had initially followed the official guidance to stay put — but firefighters told them to flee around 90 minutes later.

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"We tried the door but it was too hot," the 39-year-old told The Sun. "We had our little girl on the wet floor and we went to the coldest room."

She added: "The door was buckling and the windows bubbling and cracking. It was terrifying."

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Elcock, who has lived Grenfell Tower for more than 20 years, said she phoned for help "almost 100 times."

Firefighters eventually rescued the family at around 3 a.m. local time on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET Tuesday), according to The Sun.

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Authorities said Friday that least 30 people were killed in the fire and have warned that the death toll was likely to rise.

Police commander Stuart Cundy added: "We do not expect there to be any survivors."

Officials also warned that some victims may never be identified.

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