A massive fire blazed through a 27-storey apartment block in west London in the early hours of Wednesday, police and fire services said. London fire commissioner said there were some fatalities in the fire.
London fire burns down 27-storey building Grenfell Tower ; several killed, trapped residents seen waving bedsheets.
The police said an emergency number had been set up and anyone concerned for loved ones can call the casualty bureau at 08000961233.
“Fire is from second to top floor of 27 storey building,” the fire service said on Twitter. The cause of the fire is not known at this stage, it added. Residents said repairs, including the addition of some sort of cladding, had been made to the exterior of the block recently. Some people were trapped in the fire, with residents desperately shouting for help from windows on upper floors as the fire spread, British media reported.
The fire brigade said 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters were called to the blaze in Grenfell Tower, which has 120 flats, on the Lancaster West Estate. London ambulance service said 50 people had been taken to five hospitals after the high-rise fire.
Some residents were seen using bed sheets to make their escape from the tower block. Witnesses could hear screaming from the upper floors as the flames rose and one desperate resident could be seen waving a white cloth.
Assistant commissioner (fire) Dan Daly on the London Fire Brigade’s Facebook page says it was a large and very serious fire. He said firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were working extremely hard in very difficult conditions to tackle the fire.
Police closed the A40, a major road leading out of west London, while some parts London’s underground train network were closed as a precaution. “Please avoid the area to allow emergency services access to the scene,” it tweeted. The apartment block was built in 1974.