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Fire engulfs 24 storeys London tower

A huge fire has engulfed a tower block in West London. Reports say the fire broke out shortly before 1am on Wednesday at Grenfell Tower i...

A huge fire has engulfed a tower block in West London. Reports say the fire broke out shortly before 1am on Wednesday at Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road near Notting Hill.

More than 200 fire-fighters are still tackling the blaze at Grenfell Tower in north Kensington, where hundreds of people are thought to live.
The tower is at least 24 storeys high and contains 120 apartments.

London Ambulance Service say they were called at 1.29am and have 20 crews helping at the scene. They also added that 30 people are receiving hospital treatment in five London hospitals.

There have been multiple reports of people trapped in the blaze.
Streets around the tower have been sealed off and residents in their houses told to move out. Falling debris is also causing nearby flats to be evacuated.

London Fire Brigade say there is no known cause at the moment for the blaze. 

The Metropolitan Police have set up an emergency number for anyone concerned for loved ones. The Casualty Bureau number is 0800 0961 233
According to the BBC, the Grenfell Tower recently had undergone a two-year, £10m refurbishment that was completed last year.

The work included new exterior cladding and a communal heating system.

The local Grenfell Action Group had claimed, before and during the refurbishment, the block constituted a fire risk and residents had warned that access to the site for emergency vehicles was "severely restricted".
Source of Image: BBC

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