London Fire: Witnesses watch on in horror
Witnesses report seeing people trying to escape a massive fire engulfing a 24-storey apartment block in West London. Fire chief confirms ‘a number of fatalities.
More than 200 firefighters spent the night tackling a massive blaze at a 24-storey block of flats in London, where a number of fatalities have been confirmed.
Forty fire engines were called to the 120-apartment Grenfell Tower, on the Lancaster West Estate, north Kensington, in the early hours of Wednesday. The estate is on Latimer Road, White City.
London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said she was “very sad to confirm there have been fatalities. I cannot say how many at this time. The cause of the fire is not known at this time.”
She said it was an “unprecedented incident”. “In 25 years I have never seen anything of this scale,” she said.
Crews wearing extended breathing apparatus “have been working in extremely challenging and difficult conditions to rescue people and to bring this major fire under control”, she said.
However due to the size and complexity of the building the number of fatalities could not yet be confirmed.