London Firefighters Battling Massive High-Rise Blaze

At least six people are dead and 50 others injured after a fire tore through a 24-story high-rise tower overnight in London.

"To any of the 100's of families affected by this awful fire at Grenfell Tower Notting Hill today, You are all welcome to come hang out in my restaurant and be fed and watered by my Jamie's Italian team", he wrote online.

She said she feared more victims would be found still inside the tower, where up to 600 people lived in 120 apartments.

London Fire Brigade said the cause of the fire is still being investigated, but several residents reported one man had said it started in his faulty fridge. A search and rescue operation is now underway, with crews going floor-by-floor searching for survivors as parts of the building continue to burn. It is also not known how many people were in the building.

More than 200 firefighters were sent to tackle the blaze which was reported just before 1am on Wednesday. "You can't get away from a fire on the 18th floor, but God's grace, they got away".

"This is an unprecedented incident".

Firefighters were battling a massive fire in a London apartment high-rise early Monday morning.

"I can not confirm the number at this time", Dany Cotton said as early reports indicated no fewer than six were killed.

He declined to give any details of the number of people who may be missing.

She said you could tell by the look on the faces of these people trapped and screaming at the windows for help that they knew they were facing death.

Mr Chowdhry said that some residents told him they were not alerted to the danger: "People were crying in the streets they were all shocked and stunned".

Residents who escaped spoke of others trapped and screaming for help, with some holding children from windows and others jumping from upper floors.

Tia Abrahams, who lives close to the scene, got there before the fire brigade. Some residents were seen using bedsheets to make their escape from the tower block.

"Somebody did, a gentleman ran forward and managed to grab the baby", she said.

And BBC Radio broadcaster Fearne Cotton tweeted her support for the residents posting: "Praying for all those involved in the west London fire today".

Robert Black, Chief Executive of KCTMO, said in a statement that the loss of life at Grenfell Tower was "heartbreaking" and that staff were supporting residents."We will issue a further statement in due course", he said.

The first reports of fire in the Grenfell Tower, in Latimer Road, on the Lancaster West Estate, came in at 00:54 am BST.

It appeared that the fire was extinguished early Wednesday but it was ablaze again by 11.15 a.m. People have been bringing water, clothes, anything they've got to help, out to the cordon.

Another occupant, Michael Paramasivan, said he ignored official advice to stay the building and exited his flat with his girlfriend and young daughter.

"We were strongly recommending this as the fire at Lakanal House spread within four minutes to the flat above and went on to kill six people regrettably".

  • Arturo Norris