West London Grenfell Tower fire Live updates

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Grenfell Tower, a 120-apartment tower block in west London, has been completely engulfed in a blaze that started and rapidly spread on Tuesday night. Reports on social media suggest people have been trapped inside.

  • 14 June 2017

07:03 GMT

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said in a preliminary statement there have been a number of fatalities following the Grenfell Tower fire. At this stage, she said, it is impossible to report the exact number of those killed in the fire due to the size and complexity of the building. The cause of the fire has also not been established.

“A number of fatalities” in huge fire at west London tower block, fire officials confirm #GrenfellTowerhttps://t.co/dniHBLuu0Apic.twitter.com/IFmjqdMxBU

— Sky News (@SkyNews) June 14, 2017

  • 06:22 GMT

A nightmarish aerial image of the Grenfell Tower fire has been published by Sky News, with plumes of smoke spreading all over the neighborhood.

Huge fire at west London tower block #GrenfellTower. Watch live coverage on Sky News https://t.co/K4qe34vQ3Qpic.twitter.com/w1YOmuA69n

— Sky News (@SkyNews) June 14, 2017

  • 06:10 GMT

The London Fire Brigade has also posted a photo showing the top of Grenfell Tower burnt out, with the blackened walls in flames.
Firefighters continue to work extremely hard at the scene of #NorthKensington tower block fire https://t.co/QYF9V38wWJpic.twitter.com/GJqaJV3H0i

— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) June 14, 2017

  • 06:02 GMT

Areas around the Grenfell Tower have been cordoned off and around 30 adjacent flats have been evacuated by police, London Fire Brigade has said.

A cordon is in place around the building & approx 30 adjacent flats have been evacuated by police #NorthKensingtonhttps://t.co/QYF9V38wWJpic.twitter.com/ugvDFswb7w

— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) June 14, 2017

  • 06:02 GMT

Earlier, Metropolitan Police informed residents the A40 was closed in both directions to allow emergency vehicles access to the area.

A40 is closed in both directions following the #NorthKensington fire. Pls avoid the area to allow emergency services access to the scene.

— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) June 14, 2017

  • 05:51 GMT

Photos and videos posted by Londoners on Twitter suggest the incident in West London is far from over, as Grenfell Tower is still burning, producing pillars of thick smoke.

Residents watch-on as Grenfell Tower burns in London. @9NewsAUSpic.twitter.com/8Qr9a6fqHA

— Seb Costello (@SebCostello9) June 14, 2017

Been up all night watching this pic.twitter.com/YpOtKr3WEF

— Joshua Cowan (@joshzoo) June 14, 2017

 

  • 05:44 GMT

People on social media say residents used bed sheets as makeshift ropes to escape the building.

Unconfirmed reports on social media of residents using bedsheets as makeshift ropes or jumping #GrenfellTowerhttps://t.co/PoRkQHlosDpic.twitter.com/fI5XCUCMg8

— Evening Standard (@standardnews) June 14, 2017

Reports people are trapped inside a burning tower block in west #London near White City. #GrenfellTower 200 firefighters are on the scene. pic.twitter.com/o5FdCiXmM7

— Louise Easton (@LouEaston) June 14, 2017

  • 05:37 GMT

Some residents evacuated from the tower are being taken care of at several makeshift shelters. Saint Clement Church and Saint James Church, located near Notting Dale, Notting Hill, North Kensington, and Holland Park, are receiving evacuees, local people say on Twitter.

St clement and st James church opens its doors to people who’ve been evacuated and other locals pic.twitter.com/2MIAh46ZT5

— Dan C (@dj_pingu) June 14, 2017

  • 05:33 GMT

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said 200 firefighters and 40 vehicles were dispatched to the scene. He also confirmed he is in close contact with all services called in to deal with the emergency.

Major incident declared at Grenfell Tower in Kensington. 40 fire engines & 200 firefighters at the scene – follow @LondonFire for updates.

— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) June 14, 2017

  • 05:32 GMT

The London Ambulance Service says is has taken 30 patients to five adjacent hospitals following the fire in West London, and 20 ambulance crews as well as trauma and hazardous area response teams are now operating in the vicinity of the Grenfell Tower.

We have taken 30 patients to five London hospitals following the fire at #GrenfellTower & we remain on scene pic.twitter.com/lxfRseAIkg

— London Ambulance (@Ldn_Ambulance) June 14, 2017

 

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