A massive fire engulfed a 24-storey apartment in West London, 200 firefighters and 40 fire trucks have been deployed to control the fire, London fire brigade said.
The cause of the fire is still unknown, in a statement posted on Facebook, the service said the “fire is from the second floor to the top floor of the 24-floor building.”
“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,” Assistant Commissioner Dan Daly said.
In a statement posted to Twitter, London police say two people are currently being treated for smoke inhalation and they’re waiting for updates on further injuries. “The whole building is on fire (and) spreading fast,” witness Goran Karimi told CNN. He said he saw people jumping from the building.
The sounds of sirens and helicopters are non-stop as locals and residents, evacuated from the building, begin to gather outside to watch the blaze. According to the reports, residents had seen people still trapped inside the building.
About Grenfell Tower:
Grenfell Tower, on the Lancaster West Estate in North Kensington, has been undergoing a major refurbishment. The tower block is managed by the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) on behalf of the Council and contains 120 homes. It was built in 1974.
The large-scale works included the installation of insulated exterior cladding, new double glazed windows and a new communal heating system. A new communal entrance has been created and there are new facilities for returning tenants, Grenfell Under 3s Nursery and Dale Youth Amateur Boxing Club. Nine much needed new homes have been created from unused spaces.
According to Kensington and Chelsea Council, the tower block contains 120 flats and is 24 storeys high. It is managed by the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) on behalf of the council.