12 confirmed dead in London tower inferno, figure likely to rise

  • 45 fire engines and 200 firefighters are battling the inferno
  • London Mayor Sadiq Khan declares it 'major incident'

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.

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.

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.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan tweeted, “Major incident declared at Grenfell Tower”.

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”.

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