Huge fire engulfs 27-floor London tower block

Frederick Owens
June 14, 2017

"I hope they've got everyone out". "Haunting screams" can reportedly be heard from the high-rise.

TRAPPED residents in Grenfell Tower were seen desperately waving their bedsheets from the window as crowds below watched on in horror. They live on the 23rd floor, the 19th floor, there are children missing.

Police have closed off roads nearby and asked people to avoid the area.

"They can't say that they haven't been warned!" We've received phone calls.

A CHILLING warning was recently issued about a potential "catastrophic" fire at the London apartment block that is today engulfed in flames. "This is a large and very serious incident and we have deployed numerous resources and specialist appliances", Assistant Commissioner Dan Daly said.

The Brigade was called at 0054 and is still at the scene. In a statement posted on Facebook, the service said the "fire is from the second floor to the top floor". The cause of the fire has not been ascertained yet.

"We have raised concern of the safety for quite some time", he said, reflecting the anger of many residents.

He said he saw people jumping from the building.

"There were a lot of people hanging out of the windows, screaming, crying for help". It was fire up, up, up. "You can't get away from a fire on the 18th floor, but God's grace, they got away".

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Zeinab Jafari, 44, who lives in a neighbouring block, said she still waiting for news about her missing father-in-law. He said he heard sirens, helicopters and shouting and then saw the building engulfed in flames.

"I've never seen anything like this".

"I saw some people burning, they couldn't get them out".

"I grabbed my little girl and ran down the stairs", he said. At this stage we are aware of two people being treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. It is not yet known if there are fatalities.

Police are pushing people back from the area for fear the building will collapse as debris has started to fall from the tower.

Witnesses report people remain trapped in their homes and have been climbing out of their windows after a massive fire erupted from a west London tower block on Wednesday morning.

So far the London Ambulance service has confirmed 30 people have been taken to hospitals across the capital, but there are still "a significant number of people" unaccounted for. "It's gone. It's just a matter of time before this building collapses", he said.

"Crews wearing breathing apparatus and extended duration breathing apparatus have been working in extremely challenging and hard conditions to rescue people and bring this major fire under control", Cotton said.

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