A huge fire broke out and engulfed a tower block in Latimer Road, west London, and witnesses say people are horrifically trapped in their homes.
The fire at Grenfell Tower on the Lancaster West Estate was reported at 01:16 BST. Around 200 firefighters are responding to the fire. London Fire Brigade has also sent 40 fire engines to the tower.
The Met Police said people were being treated for a “range of injuries.”
The BBC reported that the whole tower block was alight and there are fears the building might collapse.
Eyewitnesses are reporting that they could see lights- assumed to be torches- flashing at the top of the block of flats. People also say that it is “close to burning through”. People are also reporting of falling debris, and hearing explosions, and the sound of glass breaking.
Residents continue to be evacuated from the tower block in the afternoon, London time.
Police officers are also pushing back their cordons at the scene, pushing back spectators for fear that the building might collapse. The building is being described as “burning out of control” from the tenth floor onwards.
Even reporters covering the fire including George Clarke of Channel 4 TV program Amazing Spaces said: “I’m getting covered in ash, that’s how bad it is. I’m 100 meters 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.”
Another eyewitness Tin Downey told BBC that part of the building sadly was “completely burned away. It has burned through to its very core. It looks very bad, very, very bad. I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s just such a big fire. The whole building is just crumbling. It’s just billowing black smoke.”
This is a developing story.
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