Fire swept through a high-rise apartment building in west London early Wednesday, killing an unknown number of people and sending dozens to hospitals. More than 200 firefighters battled the flames, which engulfed the 24-story building.
LONDON — At least six people died in a massive fire that ripped through a 24-story apartment complex in west London early Wednesday, police said. The death toll was expected to rise.
Seventy-four people were injured and dozens were sent to five hospitals as a result of the blaze. At least 20 people were in a critical condition.
“Our thoughts are with everyone involved in this truly shocking fire at Grenfell Tower,” said Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy. “I can confirm six fatalities at this time but this figure is likely to rise during what will be a complex recovery operation over a number of days.”
London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton told reporters: “This is an unprecedented incident. In my 29 years of being a firefighter I have never ever seen anything of this scale.”
Cotton said she had “no idea” how many people were unaccounted for and urged residents who escaped the blaze to report to authorities so they could be listed as safe. Witnesses said some residents were missing and reported seeing people jumping from their apartments to escape the fire, according to the BBC.
The British broadcaster reported that 500 people lived in the apartment…
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