27-story London apartment block ablaze

Owen Stevens
June 14, 2017

The fire broke out early Wednesday morning in North Kensington, in west London, drawing a response from 40 fire engines and at least 200 firefighters, authorities said.

The London Fire Brigade said on Twitter they were responding to a fire on the Lancaster West Estate after multiple calls.

The firefighters were battling to rescue people trapped inside the tower block in west London, The Guardian reported.

Cotton said a number of people died in the fire, but she couldn't confirm how many because of the size and complexity of the building.

Police said in a statement they were called at 1:16am (0016 GMT).

"I have seen it with my own eyes". A plume of smoke stretched for miles (kilometers) over the capital.

"I eventually gained entry on to the second floor, and once I got to the corridor I realised there was so much smoke there". "This is a large and very serious incident and we have deployed numerous resources and specialist appliances".

George Clarke, who presents the Channel 4 TV show Amazing Spaces, told Radio 5 Live: "I was in bed and heard "beep, beep, beep" and thought, "I'll get up and run downstairs as quickly as I could".

The 27-story Grenfell Tower was built in the 1970s and recently subject to a $10.9 million redevelopment, according to property firm Rydon.

"Crews wearing breathing apparatus and extended duration breathing apparatus have been working in extremely challenging and hard conditions to rescue people and bring this major fire under control", Cotton said.

London Ambulance Service says 50 people have been taken to five hospitals following a major fire in a high-rise residential building.

Following the fire, the group posted: 'All our warnings fell on deaf ears and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable and just a matter of time'.

He said he saw people waving flashlights from the top levels of the building and saw rescuers "doing an incredible job" trying to get people out.

London Fire Brigade said around 30 flats near the scene had been evacuated and a cordon was in place.

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