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Last night, a mysterious and vicious fire engulfed the residential Grenfell Tower in West London, horrifying the entire world. Early estimates confirm that six people have died (although that number is expected to rise), at least 70 were injured (18 in critical care), and the residents of nearly all of the 120 apartments in the tower have lost their homes.
In a time of grief and need for those affected, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has stepped up big for those affected by the fire. In a post on his Instagram page, Oliver offered up his nearby restaurant, Jamie’s Italian in Westfield Shepherd’s Bush, as a place for the displaced residents to come get a meal and something to drink, free of charge.
To any of the 100’s of FAMILIES effected 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
For the families who have literally just lost everything, Jamie’s gesture is a welcome one, at least ensuring they have some way to sustain themselves and hydrate as they deal with this horrific tragedy.