24-story tower block on Latimer Road in west London has been engulfed
in a horrifying blaze, with reports saying people have been trapped
in flats in the upper stories.
massive fire has engulfed the Grenfell Tower in North Kensington from
the 2nd story to the top floor, the London Fire Brigade has tweeted.
It added that at least 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters have been
battling the blaze.
fire, which broke out at around 1am, is believed to have started on
the 4th floor, reportedly due to a faulty fridge, RT UK’s
correspondent Eisa Ali reports from the scene.
building has a history of fire safety violations and residents have
been complaining about improper and outdated safety standards as
recently as last year, Ali said.
Mayor Sadiq Khan has declared the fire a “major incident.”
casualties have been yet officially been confirmed amid the mass
evacuation, but alarming eyewitness reports of people caught in the
blaze have been quoted in reports from the scene and on social media.
Clarke, TV host of Amazing Spaces, told Radio 5 Live that even though
he lives some 100 meters away, “I’m getting covered in ash,
that’s how bad it is,” according to the Guardian.
so heartbreaking, I’ve seen someone flashing their torches at the
top level and they obviously can’t get out," Clarke added.
“The guys are doing an incredible job to try and get people out
that building, but it’s truly awful.”
fire in Grenfell Tower near Latimer Road. Whole block of 24 floors up
in flames. People still trapped inside. Horrendous.
number of people who uploaded videos of the blaze to Twitter said
they could hear people screaming from what seemed to be inside the
a harrowing video shared by Twitter user Reyan, screams are heard and
a person is seen fanning smoke out of a top-story apartment window.