Grenfell Tower fire: Where to donate in Newham to help victims

Police Commander Stuart Cundy said a "recovery operation" could take some time and there could be people in the building who are unaccounted for, though he would not be drawn on a figure. Others said they could see people inside using flashlights and mobile phones to try to signal for help from higher floors.

The sight of a 24-storey tower block in west London engulfed in flames has shocked the UK.

Refurbishment of the housing block had been completed previous year and the Fire Brigades Union said something had gone badly wrong with fire prevention procedures at the building.

Local residents had warned a year ago about a potential fire risk caused by rubbish being allowed to accumulate during improvement works.

Fabio Bebber wrote on Twitter: "More screams for help as the fire spreads to another side of the building".

With the building ablaze 5 hours on, London Ambulance services have declared the fire a major incident confirming 30 people have been taken to 5 hospitals for treatment.

Khan had been called to respond after reports that people had been advised in advance to remain in their flats in the event of fire.

He wrote: "Food and drink free of charge so just go and speak to my manager Juan and we will sort you out and give you some love".

Several firefighters were injured as they tackled the blaze, Ms Cotton said.

A bystander, Samira Lamrani, said she saw a baby thrown from a ninth or 10th floor window. When no one came to help, she made a decision to escape on her own, the woman said.

Photos and video shared on social media show the tower block engulfed in flames.

He said he was alerted to the fire not by fire alarms but by people on the street below, shouting "don't jump, don't jump".

The Red Cross said in a statement: "Nine volunteers from the British Red Cross are providing practical and emotional support, including breakfast items, at a rest centre for residents affected by the bad fire in Chelsea this morning". "The fire started on the upper floors. oh my goodness, it spread so quickly".

"I grabbed my little girl and ran down the stairs", he said.

He says tenants have been complaining for years about issues at the building.

"I woke up about half past one this morning to look across the road and see the big Grenfell Tower, in a towering inferno, just fire coming out of every window. smashing and exploding", said Paul Littlejohn, who lives opposite the tower. The group said on its blog that it has raised concerns about testing and maintenance of firefighting equipment and blocked emergency access to the site.

Young children wear protective face masks near the burning 24-story residential Grenfell Tower block in Latimer Road, West London, June 14, 2017, in London.

He added that more than 20 ambulance crews as well as a "hazardous area response team" were at the scene. Hassad says she believes one of her friend's daughters is in a hospital, but didn't know which one.

"It's the most terrifying thing I've ever seen".

But this fire seemed to tear up the building from the outside, gutting the outer apartments and blackening most of the facade.

The tower is located in west London, about five miles from the city center.

"I sat there watching my house burn down and watching people cry for help who couldn't come down", she said.

There are fears that people are trapped in the building.

  • Leroy Wright