What Filipino priest saw in London tower inferno aftermath


Posted at Jun 15 2017 04:24 AM | Updated as of Jun 15 2017 04:49 AM

Fr. Larry Delon, parish priest of St. John Church, said he saw 20 bodies being retrieved by authorities following the Grenfell Tower blaze in London.

A Filipino parish priest in London believes that the remains of other victims will be found by authorities following the Grenfell Tower blaze.  

Fr. Larry Galon, parish priest of St. John Church, said he personally saw around 20 bodies retrieved by authorities.

“Nakita ko iyung maliliit atsaka malalaking katawan gawa ng most of the people who were left doon sa building na iyun ay mga matatanda atsaka mga bata. Children atsaka elderly, sila iyung naging prone doon sa sunog,” Galon said in an interview with ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau's Antonino Coloso Gamboa.

“Nakakapanlumo talaga ng loob. Parang gusto ko na lang maiyak kanina gawa ng pag-retrieve nila ng bodies."

He added that the London town hall will provide accommodation to the fire victims.

“So far, napakagaling ng pagtutulungan dito, mga Filipino at iba’t ibang lahi. Lahat nagtutulungan at kitang-kita yung effort sa bawat isa upang maiahon yung mga nasalanta sa sunog,” he said.

"Kitang-kita ko rin iyung heroes dito sa West London, ‘yung mga firefighters na ginawa talaga nila lahat para lang ma-retrieve yung katawan before ‘yung time na tatagal pa yung bodies dun sa loob ng building."

Galon told Filipinos who have relatives in London that they should not worry as they are “trying their best to connect to our Philippine [Embassy].”

The Philippine Embassy has confirmed there were Filipinos included among 70 people injured in the fire. It has yet to give information on the number of Filipino victims and where they are being treated. 

A 7-month-old Filipina baby was rushed to the hospital for slight suffocation and drowsiness during the blaze. She is now well and will be discharged soon. - with reports from Antonino Coloso Gamboa, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau