The massive fire in Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road near Notting Hill has reportedly caused a number of deaths. Latest reports suggest that more than fifty people have been transferred to different hospitals across London. Eyewitnesses have claimed to have seen man people jumping out of their apartment windows in one of the worst fire incidents in London.
Authorities claim that the fire at the apartment block in West London broke out shortly before 1am on Wednesday. Unlike previous reports that said the Grenfell Tower is 27 storyes high, a Guardian report says that the Grenfell Tower has 24 storyes and not 27 storeys.
Meanwhile London fire department has confirmed that there are a number of fatalities in the London apartment fire, though they are not disclosing the number right now. The Grenfell Tower has been completely gutted and there are no chances of many survival, though some reports suggest that a few people have been found alive on 21st floor. This makes the survival probable for people in higher stories.
Earlier fire department had said that they were able to clear 11 storeys and take many people out to safety from the inferno that the residential tower had become. Meanwhile streets around the tower have been sealed off and residents in their houses told to move out. London fire brigade have called it an “unprecedented incident” and say there is no known cause at the moment for the blaze.
Reports suggest that Grenfell Tower, which was built in 1974, had recently undergone a major refurbishment. The Metropolitan police have an emergency number for anyone concerned for loved ones. The Casualty Bureau number is 0800 0961 233
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Huge fire broken out at Grenfell Tower on Latimer Road in West London! ? pic.twitter.com/QgldtjwMl5
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Terrifying Fire Engulfs 24 storey Grenfell Tower Latimer Road London!! pic.twitter.com/HfiK6mmS45
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In the meantime an eyewitness, Jody Martin, was quoted by the BBC as saying that he battled his way to the second floor only to encounter choking smoke. “I watched one person falling out, I watched another woman holding her baby out the window … hearing screams, I was yelling everyone to get down and they were saying ‘We can’t leave our apartments, the smoke is too bad on the corridors’,” he said.
Another resident of the block, David Benjamin says, “There was smoke everywhere, literally everywhere…There was people downstairs there was bits of the block, cladding falling off the block, that was on fire, people screaming…After a couple minutes, because obviously people were still sleeping on the higher floors, they didn’t have a clue what was going on, I’m not even sure if half of them got out to be honest with you, there was kids out the window, there was people flashing their phone lights just for help, but the fire brigade couldn’t get upstairs.”