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Latimer Road fire: huge blaze breaks out in 24-storey apartment block in London

Fears that people are trapped in a blaze at the tower block in Latimer Road, near Notting Hill, that broke out in the early hours of Wednesday morningGrenfell Tower fire – live updates

A fire has broken out in a tower block in west London with fears that people are trapped in their homes.

The fire in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower on Latimer Road near Notting Hill started in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The London Fire Brigade said on Twitter they were responding to a fire on the Lancaster West Estate after multiple calls. Two hundred fire fighters were at the scene along with forty engines that were called at just after 12.50am.

In a statement on Facebook, assistant commissioner Dan Daly said: 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 statement said the fire reached from the second storey of the building to the top and the cause of the fire was not known. The London Ambulance Service said it had sent a number of resources to the area including its hazardous area response team.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said in a brief statement on Twitter that it was a major incident.

Map of Grenfell Tower

Just before 4am the Metropolitan police said people were being treated for a range of injuries and evacuations were continuing.

Photographs and video from the scene showed huge flames engulfing most of the block, with lights on in many windows. The tower contains 120 homes.

Tim Downie (@TimDownie1)

Raging fire in Grenfell Tower near Latimer Road. Whole block of 24 floors up in flames. People still trapped inside. Horrendous. pic.twitter.com/J7UO321yIP

June 14, 2017

Witnesses described hearing shouts for help coming from people inside the tower and walls of the building creaking.

Fabio Bebber tweeted from the scene that the fire had taken over most of the block.

Fabio Bebber (@biobber)

We’re being moved away from the scene as the fire now covers other side of the building and people are still trapped. #grenfelltower #london

June 14, 2017

The Metropolitan Police said two people were being treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and cordons were in place. Residents in neighbouring streets were being evacuated and roads in the area, including the Westway, were closed.

Celeste Thomas said there were hundreds of people outside the building with residents and families trying to find each other.

Celeste Thomas (@mamapie)

Smoke turned darker now. Have to go, my house within main cordon area. #LatimerRoad #GrenfellTower #GrenfellFire

June 14, 2017

One local resident and witness, Victoria Goldsmith, told Sky news: The whole building seems to be engulfed now. Its spread all the way to the top.

There was was literally two people trapped at the top and they had mobile phones and they had the lights trying to flash them and signal people … They couldnt get to them … the fire kept going and the lights went out.

They are trying to get it under control. Its pretty horrendous.

George Clarke, the presenter of Amazing Spaces, lives nearby. He told Radio 5 Live: I was in bed and heard beep, beep, beep and thought, Ill get up and run downstairs as quickly as I could.

I thought it might be a car alarm outside and saw the glow through the windows.

Im getting covered in ash, thats how bad it is. Im 100 metres away and Im absolutely covered in ash.

Its so heartbreaking, Ive seen someone flashing their torches at the top level and they obviously cant get out.

The guys are doing an incredible job to try and get people out that building, but its truly awful.

Natalie (@Natalie_Oxford)

They’ve managed to put some of it out now. #GrenFellTower #GrenfellTowerFire #london #fire #kensington pic.twitter.com/ePLJgTPVJ8

June 14, 2017

Tim Downie, who lives 600m from the building, told Sky News that by almost 4am the building was mostly burned out.

Its gone. Its just a matter of time before this building collapses, he said.

I just hope they have got everyone out.

People have been bringing water, clothes, anything theyve got to help, out to the cordon, he said.

I have seen people coming out in their bedclothes – its just very distressing.

The tower block was built in the 1970s as part of the Lancaster West Estate project.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/14/fire-24-storey-grenfell-tower-block-white-city-latimer-road-london

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