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Jamie Oliver has poignantly opened up his West London restaurant as a sanctuary for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, offering up free food and refuge to those who have been affected by the tragic blaze.
The celebrity chef’s restaurant, Jamie’s Italian, in Westfield, Shepherd’s Bush, is just 1.5 miles away from the tower block that went up in flames shortly before 1am this morning [14 June].
Posting a photo of Grenfell Tower shrouded in smoke to his Instagram page, Jamie wrote: “To any of the 100s of FAMILIES affected 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”.
The post has been liked over 100,000 times since Jamie posted it just over an hour ago.
Jamie is not the only celebrity to offer refuge to those who have been affected by the tragic blaze, with singer Lily Allen taking to Twitter in the night to reveal that she had been woken by the sirens as she lives so close to the apartment block on Latimer Road.
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The star offered those in need “beds and tea”, also urging her followers to drop off essential items – such as toiletries, clothes and sanitary products – to a local church for those who lost their homes in the blaze.
It has been confirmed that six people died in this morning’s fire, with the number expected to rise.
At least 50 Grenfell Tower residents have been taken to hospitals across London, with fire officials stating that they don’t yet know what caused the fire.