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york city, i'm don dahler. captioning funded by cbs captioning funded by cbs it's wednesday, june 14th, 2017. this is the "cbs morning news." in my 29 years being a firefighter, i have never, ever seen anything of this scale. >> breaking news. several people are dead and dozens hurt after a london high-rise erupted into flames. according to witnesses, residents tied sheets together to escape while others begged for help. >> just like a waterfall on the one side of fire and flames.
>> people were flashing their phone lights for help. >> this morning the building continues to smolder with concerns it could collapse. good morning from the studio 57 newsroom at cbs news headquarters here in new york. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. well, early this morning a massive fire engulfed an apartment building in london. fire officials say several people are dead, but the scale of the disaster is still unclear. >> at this time i am very sad to confirm that there have been a number of fatalities. i cannot confirm the number at this time due to the size and complexity of this building. >> the 24-story building contains 120 homes and nearly every floor of the building was affected. at least 50 people have been taken to area hospitals.
neighbors said they could hear cries for help coming from inside the building with people doing anything they could to escape. >> i live down there about a five-minute walkaway, and we could hear people screaming, help me, help me, and adjusting their phone lights to let people know they were there. >> the grenwell tower is located in london and that's where jonathan vigliotti is this hour. jonathan, good morning. > reporter: anne-marie, good morning. we're about a block away from the building right now. from where we stand, we can feel the mist of the firefighters' hoses. you can see the mist from within the smoke from the building. the fire is being put out. you see the firefighters on the inside trying to douse those flames from within. just a short while ago, amazing
video as we watched firefighters, about five of them, pulling out what appeared to be a survivor about six hours after this fire. it started, according to police, just before 1:00 this morning. many people in this building, families. we spoke with one girl, 16-year-old. she told me she was woken up by her father. they managed to escape through fire well and got outside. they were telling me the firefighters were initially telling people to stay inside their apartments and put towels under the door to prevent smoke from getting in. initially it was centralized to one apartment on the fourth floor but within an hour it quickly spread throughout the entire building. firefighters told those inside to put things over their heads, any kind of clothing, any kind of material, and try to escape. down here on the ground people watched all of this from the
safety on the street describing horrific scenes. people on the inside on the top floors with flames behind them as they dangled out windows trying to get attention with clothing, any kind of means from firefighters and first responders on the ground. one person i spoke with said she saw somebody trying to jump out the window in a desperate effort to get to safety. those who managed to make it out are now at a community center. we have seen countless people crying as they desperately trying to reach those inside. one woman breaking down in tears saying her family, her friends were inside. she has five children. she still has not heard from them. still no word what caused this fire. it appears to have started in one apartment on the fourth floor, but we don't know why it all so quickly escalated to the entire building. firefighters, about 200 of them remain here on the scene. we do hear the occasional explosion from the fires insi s
crackling inside the apartments as they try to desperately continue to contain the situation. anne-marie. >> jonathan, i can see behind you flames in the windows still burning. the building lacks utterly destroy and from some of the shots, i can see the residential area. there are other shorter buildings surrounding it. is there a concern this structure could come down? >> reporter: it's a good question. there is a concern structurally it looks incredibly unsafe. police have cordoned off several blocks surrounding this apartment complex. the train station surrounding the building has been closed off. from where we are, we see inside where the firefighters have been going in trying to tackle the fire. firefighters still remain here on scene, which leads us to believe as we look at this that it is structurally safe enough for firefighters to continue to carry out that work, but, of course, that concern about the safety of this building, whether or not it could collapse, a looming threat and a concern for
those in this immediate area. >> all right. jonathan, you're going to continue to cover this story. we'll see you a little later on the this morning on "cbs this morning." thank you so much for the update. jonathan vigliotti in london. an american college student who has been serving a 15-year prison term in north korea is home in ohio this morning. but there are concerns about his health. otto warmbier arrived in cincinnati last night. two ambulances were parked near the hangar. his parents say he has been in a coma since the trial. he was arrested after being accused of trying to steal a poster. two congressmen are suing president trump. they claim by holding interest in his empire he's violating constitutional restrings on taking gifts from foreign leaders. it's the largest group of lawmakers to sua president in u.s. history. the law requires the president to get the concept of congress before accepting gifts.
no republicans have joined the suit. attorney general jeff sessions said it was a detestable and appalling lie to suggest that he was aware or participated in any collusion between the trump campaign and russia. in more than two hours of testimony before the senate intelligence committee, sessions was pressed on his conversations with the president and the firing of james comey. weijia jiang is in washington. with the details. good morning, weijia. >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. the questions and answers were forceful, but it was clear some of his former senate colleagues were not buying it. >> i have never met with or had any conversation with any russians or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election in the united states.
>> reporter: during 2 1/2 hours of testimony, attorney general jeff sessions insisted he has not had any inappropriate contact with russians or interfered with the investigation. >> i recused myself from any investigation into the campaign for president, but i did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations. >> reporter: members of the house intelligence committee grilled sessions about what combmy said during his testimony. >> mr. comey said there were matters with respect to the recusal that were problematic and he couldn't talk about them. what are they? >> i -- that -- why don't you tell me. there are none, senator wyden. >> reporter: at times, sessions seemed to feel the pressure. >> i'm not able to be rushed this fast. it makes me nervous. >> reporter: focus briefly shifted to talks that they
considered firing robert mueller who's leading the investigation. sessions insisted he would play no role in his dismissal. >> i wouldn't think that would be appropriate for me to do. >> reporter: the white house said late tuesday night president trump has no intention of letting go of mueller even though the president, quote, has the right to. sessions refused to say whether he has ever discussed the russia investigation with president trump arguing he could not talk about their private conversations even though the president never ordered silence around this hearing, which he could have done through executive privilege. anne-marie? >> weijia jiang in washington. thank you so much, weijia. ahead on "cbs this morning," we'll talk with john dickerson, cbs news chief correspondent and "face the nation" anchor about sessions' testimony. jury deliberations resume this morning in bill cosby's sexual assault trial.
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i'm not even sure half of them got out, to be honest with you. those kids in the windows, people flashing their phone lights for help. >> some witnesses say firefighters were telling r residents to stay indoors and put wet towels over their heads. a call for calm ahead of a verdict in a police shooting case. those are some of headlines on the morning newsstand. the "star tribune" of minneapolis reports that injury deliberations will resume today in a manslaughter case against a police officer. jeronimo yanez shot and killed a passenger during a vehicle shot. the victim's mother urged her supporters to stay calm if the officer is acquitted. >> stand in solidarity right now, let them do whatever they need to do as far as their verdict. >> the aftermath of the shooting was recorded by the victim's girlfriend on facebook live.
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here's a look at today's forecast in some cities around the country. the latest caller made by a chicago cop was anything but routine. officers at an accident scene near lake michigan yesterday say a dog jumped from one of the cars, but the dog got more than he bargained for when he went for a drink. >> he was pretty excited and he kept trying to get water out of the lake and fell in the lake. i heard the splash, and once i heard, i turned over. i saw him swimming. i just went over there and grabbed him. >> that's great. police are still trying to find the dog's owner though.
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our top stories this morning. an unknown number of people were killed when a massive fire engulfed an apartment building in london. >> at this time, i am very sad to confirm that there have been a number of fatalities. i cannot confirm the number at this time due to the size and complexity of this building. >> the fire broke out early this morning, and it spread quickly. some residents could be seen screaming for help. the 24-story building contains 120 homes and nearly every floor of the building was affected. at least 50 people have been taken to area hospitals. the tower is located in west london, and the cause of the
fire is not known. an american college student who has been serving a 15-year prison term in north korea is home in ohio this morning. otto warmbier arrived in cincinnati last night, but his parents say he has been in a coma since his trial. warmbier was convicted in march of last year after admitting he had tried to steal a propaganda poster. and attorney general jeff sessions said it was a detestable and appalling lie to suggest that he was aware or participated in any collusion between the trump campaign and russia. he testified yesterday before the senate intelligence committee. "cbs evening news" anchor scott pelley discussed the testimony with john dickerson, cbs chief correspondent and "face the nation" anchor. >> john, what are the takeaways from the testimony today? >> i think you have to look at
it in terms of three different investigations in terms of the robert mueller investigation. actually sessions said that was a worthwhile useful investigation to the extent that it looked at russia interfering with the election. that was a useful inquiry. the second was this issue of collusion, russia versus the trump campaign. this was the series of questions where attorney general session got quite heated. that was where he was most forthright and forceful in defending himself. then the third question is this question of obstruction. did attorney general sessions fire james comey over the investigation. he was exerting not executive privilege but something short of it but basically not answering the question. >> the attorney general declining to answer many questions. where does that go? >> he's asserting executive privilege which the president did not. he's saying some day he might expert it. well, what's happening is the
congress might have to hold him in contempt. the republicans are running congress, so they might not do that. the courts would have to work it out. but for right now, he's not talking much and there are other officials who aren't as well. >> so far to go. john dickerson, we'll be watching sunday on "face the nation." thanks. well, coming up on "cbs this morning," on this flag day, we'll meet an army veteran who's on a mission to expose people who make up their military service for personal benefit. and the case of a 19-year-old high school student in new york arrested by federal immigration officials last week just hours before his prom. that's the "cbs morning news" for this wednesday. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green. have a great day. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
kenny choi. it is 4:30. we're in the midst of a bit of a warm spell. kind of nice around here. >> yeah. >> it's kind of nice around the city. but from you in the inland areas, not so much -- but if you are in the inland areas, not so much. last night i had my windows and door open. i thought this is the last time i'm going to be able to do this for a week because after that the air-conditioning will be pumping! take a look at the clear skies from the coast to the bay. visibility is unlimited. temperatures are mild. that's the scene from the transtransamerica pyramid looking towards the east. 49 santa rosa, otherwise it is 58 degrees at this very early hour in oakland. later today, we are going to warm up. you will feel the difference today. nearly 90 in fairfield. same around the delta. 80 degrees in san jose. it's actually pretty close to where you should be for this time of the year. 60s, 70s around the bay. 70s across the peninsula so you'll notice with those 60s at the seashore, that's relatily