A massive fire raced through a high-rise apartment building in west London early Wednesday, sending at least 30 people to hospitals, emergency officials said.
Fatalities, 30 taken to hospitals after massive London high-rise blaze
LONDON — London’s fire commissioner says there have been a number of fatalities in a high-rise fire in west London.
Commissioner Dany Cotton calls the fire an “unprecedented incident” and says she has never seen anything on this scale in her 29-year career. She says firefighters are still working and she can’t say how many people may have died. At least 30 people have been taken to hospitals.
Flames shot from windows all the way up the side of the 27-story Grenfell Tower in North Kensington as firefighters battled the blaze, and a plume of smoke could be seen for several miles.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Twitter that a major incident had been declared.
The blaze started around 1 a.m. London time, and ambulance crews were still at the scene more than five hours later. It was not clear if residents were trapped, but people at the scene spoke of not being able to reach friends and family who had been inside.
Nassima Boutrig, who lives opposite the building, said she was awakened by sirens and smoke so thick that it filled her home as well.
“We saw the people screaming,” she said. “A lot of people said ‘Help, help, help.’ The fire brigade could only help downstairs. It was fire up, up, up. They couldn’t stop the fire.”
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