The London Fire Brigade said on Wednesday morning that there were a "number of fatalities" after a massive fire ripped through a 27-floor apartment building in west London in the early hours of the morning.
Just before 4am (UK time), the Metropolitan Police said "a number" of people were being treated at the scene treated for a range of injuries and cordons were in place.
London, Jun 14 A huge blaze today engulfed a 24- storey residential tower block in west London housing over 100 families, killing at least six persons and injuring 74 others, with police expecting the death toll to rise.
London's Fire Brigade says that a structural engineer and urban search and rescue crews have assessed the stability of the burning tower block and believe it is not in danger of collapsing. "In my 29 years of being a firefighter I have never ever seen anything of this scale".
Smoke and flames rise from building on fire in London. "The whole situation in this area, they don't want us here". "Just complete nightmare, absolute nightmare", recounts Littlejohn.
The blaze began around 1am local time and quickly spread, confirming apprehensions of local residents who had cautioned authorities months ago that the structure was a fire hazard, but there was no action in a country known for its strict fire safety rules.
Witnesses who live in the building told the BBC that they watched people fall out of the windows, and screams echoed throughout the building.
Michael Paramasivan, a resident who lives on the seventh floor, managed to escape the building.
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Tamara Eastmond said a lot of people appeared to be unaccounted for. It was fire up, up, up.
In Sandwell - where there is 55 high-rise blocks - chiefs said they all adhere to fire safety standards.
She left with all six of them.
A local action group have claimed the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower could have been prevented had their concerns about safety been listened to. 20 of those who were injured are in critical condition. Volunteers handed out bottled water.
"London Ambulance Service have confirmed 50 people have been taken to five hospitals".
He says he saw people waving flashlights from the top levels of the building and saw rescuers "doing an incredible job" trying to get people out. He said he heard sirens, helicopters and shouting and then saw the building engulfed in flames.
"I feel for the firemen and women, they have to go through each flat/room to see if there are any dead".
"People were still sleeping on the higher floors, they didn't have a clue what was going on, I'm not even sure if half of them got out to be honest with you, there was kids out the window", resident David Benjamin said.