(JTA) — Britain’s chief rabbi offered prayers and a local synagogue put out an appeal to help the victims in the deadly fire that destroyed a high-rise apartment building in London.
At least six people were killed and dozens remain missing and are feared dead in the massive fire in Grenfell Tower in the western part of the British capital. Terrorism is not suspected in the blaze, which also injured more than 70.
“Images of #GrenfellTower are truly harrowing. My prayers today are with all affected & with the heroes running towards danger to save lives,” Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis tweeted at 2 a.m. Wednesday as firefighters continued to battle the blaze.
Images of #GrenfellTower are truly harrowing. My prayers today are with all affected & with the heroes running towards danger to save lives. — Chief Rabbi Mirvis (@chiefrabbi) June 14, 2017
Rent in the building is publicly subsidized, and many of the residents were low-income families or disabled people.
The Holland Park Synagogue, located just blocks away from the apartment, early Wednesday morning asked its members to donate items to those affected by the fire.