A massive fire has engulfed the Grenfell Tower apartment building in west London, with pictures showing desperate residents still trapped inside.
Two hundred firefighters and 40 fire engines are struggling to contain the fire, with reports at least two people have been injured and flats at Grenfell Tower evacuated, reports Sky News.
A statement from the London Ambulance Service has confirmed that 30 patients have been taken to five hospitals.
“We have declared a major incident and continue to work closely with other emergency services at the scene.
“We have 20 ambulance crews on the scene as well as our hazardous area response teams from London’s air ambulance who travelled to the scene by car.
“Our priority is to assess the level and nature of injuries and ensure those in the most need are treated first and taken to hospitals.
WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR:
- London Fire Brigade was first called at 12.54am on Wednesday to the Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road, north Kensington.
- It’s a 27-storey building.
- Forty engines with more than 200 firefighters attended the scene.
- Medics have treated 15 people for smoke inhalation.
- The fire is burning from the second to the top floor.
- The cause of the fire is not yet known.
- London mayor Sadiq Khan says the fire has been declared a “major incident”.
The BBC’s Andy Moore said the whole tower block was alight and there are fears the building might collapse.
Footage on social media showed the building engulfed in fire, with flames stretching over a number of floors.
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Assistant London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dan Daly said: “Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are working extremely hard in very difficult conditions to tackle this fire”.
“This is a large and very serious incident and we have deployed numerous resources and specialist appliances.”
The tower block is on the Lancaster West Estate, between Latimer Road Underground station and Westfield’s White City shopping centre.
Police said: “At this stage we are aware of two people being treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.”
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Actor and writer Tim Downie, who lives around 600 metres away told the Press Association he feared the block could collapse.
“It’s horrendous. The whole building is engulfed in flames. It’s gone. It’s just a matter of time before this building collapses.
“I just hope they have got everyone out.
“People have been bringing water, clothes, anything they’ve got to help, out to the cordon.
“I have seen people coming out in their bedclothes – it’s just very distressing.”
Residents are being evacuated from the tower block, the Metropolitan Police said.
The cause of the fire is not known at this stage, London Fire Brigade said.
Fabio Bebber wrote on Twitter: “More screams for help as the fire spreads to another side of the building.
“We can see how quick the fire spreads via the external panels. It’s unbearable hearing someone screaming for their lives at #grenfelltower.”
George Clarke told Radio 5 Live: “I’m getting covered in ash, that’s how bad it is.
“I’m 100 metres away and I’m absolutely covered in ash.
“It’s so heartbreaking, I’ve seen someone flashing their torches at the top level and they obviously can’t get out.”
Source: 7 News