A massive fire has completely engulfed a 27-storey apartment block in London, trapping dosens of people inside the apartment block. Despite more than 40 fire engines and as many as 200 firefighters being deployed on the scene, there is no sign that the fire is being controlled.
The Grenfell Tower, that has 120 flats has been burning for the last several hours and the fire has almost completely engulfed the apartment block. The London fire department has said that the fire has affected 25 stories of the building from 2nd story to 27th story.
Officials in the London health department have said that they have deployed 20 fully equipped ambulances to the scene to take care of residents, many of whom seem to be trapped inside the high-rise.
Eyewitnesses said that they are hearing screams for help coming from the residents inside the Grenfell Tower. Police and fire services attempted to evacuate the concrete block and said “a number of people are being treated for a range of injuries”, including at least two for smoke inhalation.
In the meantime, people who came to rescue their near and dear ones and were trying to call their loved ones stuck inside were being directed by police to a nearby restaurant where some of the injured were being treated.
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Fire fighters have begun to battle the blaze at Grenfell tower pic.twitter.com/IXz00XmfRC
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Massive fire in Grenfell Tower in west London. My prayers and thoughts are with them. I fear ppl may be trapped. ????pic.twitter.com/8NqpzCbCwv
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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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The good thing is the fact that firefighters at the scene said they had managed to evacuate residents up to the 11th floor. Police were also clearing out nearby buildings because of fears about falling debris.
London Fire Brigade assistant commissioner Dan Daly was quoted by the media as saying, “Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are working extremely hard in very difficult conditions to tackle this fire…This is a large and very serious incident and we have deployed numerous resources and specialist appliances”.
The fire incident at the tower has been declared a major incident. London mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted: “Major incident declared at Grenfell Tower”.