The blaze breaks out at 4.10pm on Friday inside a ninth-floor flat. Fire brigade called at 4.19pm. Falling debris sets fire to curtains flapping out of windows on a flat two floors below Another flat on the fifth floor was also damaged by falling debris The flames move along to Flat 81, trapping Dayana Francisquini and her children Felipe and Thais, who lived there, and Helen Udoaka and her baby Michelle, who sought refuge with them The fire rises to Flat 79 on the 11th floor. Fashion designer Catherine Hickmans body was found there Staircase was the residents only way out of the building London Lite Monday, 6 July 2009 5 les miserables from 16.25 grease from 19.50 we will rock you from 27.50 50% off theatreup to see more u touup to see more summer 09 Prices are correct at the time of going to print, subject to availability and conditions. Theatre price based on selected dates and performances. Suppliers have the right to withdraw offers at any given time without notice. See website for full terms and conditions. BRIGADE CHIEFS DEFEND TACTICS AT FATAL CAMBERWELL BLAZE BY MARK BLUNDEN POST YOUR iBLOG REVIEWS AT 1 (20)The Essential -- Michael Jackson 2 (-) La Roux -- La Roux 3 (1) The Number Ones -- Michael Jackson 4 (2) West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum -- Kasabian 5 (14) King Of Pop -- Michael Jackson 6 (7) Thriller -- Michael Jackson 7 (3) Sunny Side Up -- Paolo Nutini 8 (5) The Fame -- Lady GaGa 9 (6) Greatest Hits -- Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band 10(17) Off The Wall -- Michael Jackson Source: The Official UK Charts Company TOP 10 SINGLES TOP 10 ALBUMS Sound&Lite 1 (-) Evacuate The Dancefloor -- Cascada 2 (11)Man In The Mirror -- Michael Jackson 3 (1) Bulletproof -- La Roux 4 (2) When Love Takes Over -- David Guetta feat Kelly Rowland 5 (4) Paparazzi -- Lady GaGa 6 (3) Boom Boom Pow -- Black Eyed Peas 7 (6) Release Me -- Agnes 8 (5) Knock You Down -- Keri Hilson/Kanye West/Ne-Yo 9 (7) Mama Do -- Pixie Lott 10(25)Billie Jean -- Michael Jackson FIRE chiefs have hit back at criticisms that their ladders were not long enough to reach people trapped on the upper floors of the Camberwell tower block where six people, including three young children, died. Fridays blaze raged from the ninth to the 11th floor of Lakanal House, but London Fire Brigades ladders are a maximum 100ft long and could only reach those trapped on the eighth or ninth floors. One terrified resident told how he thought it was the end as he was trapped on an 11th f loor balcony -- and saw the ladders could not reach him. A London Fire Brigade spokesman said: It wasnt possible to reach people using a ladder. Theres not a ladder that exists that can reach that height. The brigade cant have ladders that can reach every floor but its not a shortfall that hasnt been considered. Thats why buildings have fire safety features built into them. The brigade defended its tower blocks strategy, saying firefighters use the features of the building to put out flames. One crucial element is dry ris- ers, vertical pipes running through- out the building, kept dry until needed. Firefighters flood them with water to extinguish flames. But brigade chiefs said a sprinkler system in the block could almost certainly have saved lives, had one been installed. Those who narrowly escaped included 11th-floor resident Rasheed Nuhu, his wife Fatima, 40, and two children Mariam and Yashima, aged three and 18 months. Mr Nuhu, 47, said the ladder couldnt even reach his family and they waited an hour and a half to be rescued. He said: I thought, Were not going to get out of this when the ladder could not reach where we were. Mr Nuhu criticised the response of the emergency services, claiming they took at least 90 minutes to evacuate families. B u t A s s i s t a n t Commissioner Nick Collins said fire- fighters were at the scene within five minutes of the first call and started tackling the fire immediately. As well as criticising the lack of a sprinkler system, which is not a legal requirement, he said the blaze spread unusually quickly. An expert also warned that uPVC windows installed two years ago could have helped spread the fire. Those who died were 31-year-old Catherine Hickman, Helen Udoaka, 34, her three-week-old daugh- ter Michelle, Dayana Francisquini, 26, her son Filipe, three, and h e r s i x - ye a r- o l d daughter Thais. Falling short: a ladder at the block where Thais, six, and Felipe, three, right, died The fire ladders were just not high enough Dead:Dayana Francisquini, Catherine Hickman and Michelle Udoaka HOW THE DEADLY BLAZE SPREAD index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html