LONDON: Singer Adele was among people who gathered on Wednesday night close to a London tower block that was destroyed in a catastrophic fire, according to posts on social media.
Twelve people have been confirmed dead and the toll is expected to rise further after fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London in the early hours of Wednesday.
The London-born pop star was spotted by Instagram user FourMee, who posted three blurry photographs. FourMee said the singer’s husband Simon Konecki was with her.
“Just spotted @Adele and Simon Konecki visiting the Grenfell Tower, she was dressed in an abaya. Respect to both of you,” FourMee wrote in her post.
Adele, one of the biggest selling artists in the world, did not announce her attendance or make any public statement. Her Twitter account made no reference to it.
Adele fans praised her compassion and discretion on social media.
The singer previously paid tribute to the victims of London’s Westminster attack while performing in Auckland, telling the crowd: “Today there was a terror attack in my hometown of London. I’m literally on the other side of the world and I want them to see our lights and to hear us.
“It’s very strange not being home, all I want to do today is be at home with my friends and family. All of them are fine but there are four people the death count was four at the time who aren’t fine so let’s dedicate this to them tonight.”
The Grenfell Tower blaze was particularly personal to fellow musician Rita Ora.
“This is my neighbourhood, I can’t believe this is happening,” she posted.
“My prayers are with everybody involved my heart is beating so fast. I used to play in that block – I want to do all I can do to help.”
Emergency services worked through Tuesday night and the following day to rescue survivors and extinguish the large flames, which were still alight in parts of the building 18 hours later.