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London fire: Six confirmed dead as Grenfell Tower engulfed - UPDATED-2

Six people have been confirmed dead after a huge fire raged through the night at a west London tower block, and police expect that number to rise, APA reported citing BBC.

 

Eyewitnesses described people trapped in the burning Grenfell Tower, in north Kensington, screaming for help and yelling for their children to be saved.

 

Firefighters rescued "large numbers", but London Mayor Sadiq Khan said "a lot" of people were unaccounted for.

 

The 24-storey block, which is still on fire, looks at risk of collapsing.

 

During the night, eyewitnesses said they saw lights - thought to be mobile phones or torches - flashing at the top of the block of flats, and trapped residents coming to their windows - some holding children.

 

It is understood that "several hundred" people would have been in the block when the fire broke out shortly after midnight, most of them sleeping.

 

Commander Stuart Cundy, of the Metropolitan Police said: "I can confirm six fatalities at this time but this figure is likely to rise during what will be a complex recovery operation over a number of days."

 

He said it was likely to be some time before police could identify the victims, adding that it was too early to speculate on the cause of the fire.

 

 

More than 50 people are being treated in hospital, London Ambulance Service says.

 

By mid-morning, the building looked to be just smoking ruins but the fire has again taken hold, and cladding is falling to the ground.

 

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11:46

 

 

A number of people have been killed in a huge fire at a 27-storey tower block in west London, the fire service has announced, APA reported citing The Independent.

 

 

More than 50 people are being treated in five hospitals across the capital, London Ambulance Service said, as 200 firefighters battle the flames that have engulfed Grenfell Tower in Kensington.

 

 

 

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10:50

 

 

Families 'begged for their lives' as they tried to escape a huge inferno at a residential tower block in West London, with fears that people are still trapped inside with the 27-storey building as it teeters on the brink of collapse.

 

Trapped residents scream for help and hurl themselves from windows, as the huge inferno leaves at least one feared dead, APA reported citing Mail Online.

 

More than 600 residents desperately tried to escape the flames as the fire broke out in the middle of the night, with many woken by the screams of others and the smell of burning plastic.

 

One neighbour said he believed someone had jumped from about 10 to 15 floors to escape the fire, while there were screams of joy and a relief as a five-year-old girl was pulled from the flames by emergency services.

 

London Ambulance Service said 30 people have been rushed to five hospitals around the capital, while at least one resident is still stuck inside the block on the 11th floor, with firefighters desperately trying to reach him. 

 

 

 

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10:14

 

 

The fire accident took place in Latimer Road’s Grenfell Tower located in White City district, APA reported citing The Telegraph.

 

More than 200 firefighters are tackling a massive blaze at a block of flats, with reports of people trapped in their homes.

 

Forty fire engines rushed to the 24-storey Grenfell Tower on the Lancaster West Estate, north Kensington, shortly after 1.15am.

 

At least 30 injured people were taken to hospital, as pictures from the scene showed flames engulfing most of the block.

 

 

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