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.
— 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.
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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