Wednesday, 14 June 2017

People trapped in London apartment inferno

People trapped in huge west London tower block inferno – reports

14 June, 2017

A 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.

The 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.

The 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.

The building has a history of fire safety violations and residents have been complaining about improper and outdated safety standards as recently as last year, Ali said.

London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has declared the fire a “major incident.”

40 fire engines & 200 firefighters have been called to the Lancaster West Estate tower block fire

No 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.

George 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.

It’s 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.”

Raging fire in Grenfell Tower near Latimer Road. Whole block of 24 floors up in flames. People still trapped inside. Horrendous.

A number of people who uploaded videos of the blaze to Twitter said they could hear people screaming from what seemed to be inside the tower block.

In 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.

Pray for Latimer 😔🙏

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