LONDON – Twelve people have now been confirmed dead in the Grenfell Tower fire in West London. Emergency services warn the death toll is likely to rise further.
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According to London Fire Brigade, the incident of fire at Grenfell Tower, part of the Lancaster West housing estate about a mile north-west of Kensington Palace, was reported at 12:54 am Wednesday.
— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) June 14, 2017
The tower was being evacuated while 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters are battling the inferno.
“This is a large and very serious incident and we have deployed numerous resources and specialist appliances,” Assistant Fire Commissioner Dan Daly said in a statement.
Grenfell Tower Latimer Rd pic.twitter.com/2rKUboKbt7
— Paul (@nitecab) June 14, 2017
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan tweeted, “Major incident declared at Grenfell Tower”.
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
It is being reported that fire is getting worst and screams of people trapped inside the building can be heard calling for help.
A number of people who received injuries were being treated outside the building or shifted to hospitals, while no causality has been reported so far.
London Ambulance Service has said in a statement released on Twitter, “We have taken 30 patients to five London hospital following the fire at Lancaster West Estate, W11”.
— London Ambulance (@Ldn_Ambulance) June 14, 2017