Early morning on Wednesday, In the west London a Massive fire blazed through a 27 storey apartment block, police and fire services said.
The fire brigade said 200 firefighters and 40 fire engines had been called to the blaze in Grenfell Tower on the Lancaster West Estate, which has 120 flat in it. The fire has been burning for more than five hours. 30 people had been taken to five hospitals after the high rise fire, said London ambulance service.
” A number of people being treated for a range of injuries. Residents continue to be evacuated from the block fire in North Kensington.” London’s Metropolitan police service tweeted.
An emergency number had been set up and anyone who is concerned for loved ones can call at 08000961233 to casualty bureau.
The fire service said on Twitter, “In 27 storey building the fire is at second floor from the top . While the cause of the fire is not known till now.”
Recently, Residents said repairs made including the addition of some sort of cladding had been made to the exterior of the block.
British media report said, Some people were trapped in the fire and from windows on upper floors of building the residents desperately shouting for help as the fire spread,
Nassima Boutrig who lives opposite to that building said,” she was awakened by smoke and sirens so thick that it filled her home as well.
She said, “we saw the people screaming and a lot of people screaming “Help, help, help” The fire brigade only help downstairs. They couldn’t stop the fire. It was fire up, up, up.”
Sadiq Khan, London mayor said the major incident had been declared. Assistant commissioner Dan Daly on the London Fire Brigade’s Facebook page says it was a large and very serious incident.
He said breathing apparatus of firefighters were working extremely hard to tackle the fire in very difficult conditions.
A photograph posted on social media by the fire service showed that the building engulfed in flames from all sides.
In a statement the Police said,” they were called at 1:16am to report a large fire at a block of flats in the Lancaster West Estate.
Tim Downie told Britain’s Press Association that he feared that the building could collapse. He said he heard sirens, helicopters and shouting and then saw the building engulfed in flames.
He said,” It is the most terrifying thing I have ever seen and just hope they have got everyone out,” People have been bringing clothes, water, anything they have got to help out to the cordon.
Police closed, a major road the A40, leading out of west London while for precautions some part underground train network were closed. It tweeted,” To allow emergency services please avoid the area access to the scene.
The presenter of Amazing Spaces, George Clarke told Radio 5 Live,” he was covered in ash even though he was 100 meters from the scene.”
He said he saw rescuers were doing an incredible job trying to get people out and people waving flashlights from the top of the building for help.