Several fatalities reported in London fire, 30 hospitalized

Forty fire engines and around 200 firefighters from four different fire stations tackled the blaze, for which the cause remains unknown.

At least 50 injured people have been taken to hospital, with a significant number still unaccounted for.

"I can not confirm the number at this time due to the size and complexity of this building", she told reporters at the scene in west London. In my 29 years of being a firefighter, I've never seen anything on this scale.

Ms Lamrany was speaking from the scene, shortly after London police confirmed a "number of fatalities" from the fire that started shortly after 1am local time and engulfed the residential tower.

"We have treated and taken 64 patients to six hospitals across London, where 20 people are now in critical care", London Ambulance Service's director of operations, Paul Woodrow, said in a statement.

It was called for by the All-Party Parliamentary Fire Safety & Rescue Group, after six people died and more than 20 were hurt in the 2009 blaze at Lakanal House in Camberwell.

The cause of the inferno, which left the tower block a charred, smoking shell, was not immediately known. "He came to the window, and there was fire all around where his flat was", said Mnemimeh.

"We wake up early sometimes anyway in the night, and one of my relatives saw the flames from the window and heard the people screaming", Itani said.

Hadil Alamily said in the past hour she saw "someone jump on fire from the top floor". "This is a large and very serious incident and we have deployed numerous resources and specialist appliances", Assistant Commissioner Dan Daly said.

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

"I could see there was ash coming through the window in the living room, which was partially open", she said, sitting with her husband and son, 16, and daughter, eight, outside a local community centre.

At least 30 people were taken to five London hospitals but it was not clear how many were still trapped. "This was just done to tart it up and match the nearby building".

Local resident Ness Davis said a close friend of hers had been trapped inside in the building.

Once the sun rose, smoke could be seen from miles away.

"About 12 floors up I saw three children waving from a window and then there was just an explosion and they disappeared".

"All our warnings fell on deaf ears and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable and just a matter of time, " the group said in a blog post written after the fire broke out.

"The guys are doing an incredible job to try and get people out that building, but it's truly very bad".

In a post on Instagram, Oliver wrote: "To any of the 100′s of FAMILIES effected by this bad 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 Jamies Italian team".

"We can confirm six fatalities at this time following the fire in North Kensington", London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

On Twitter, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the fire was declared a major incident; he and other city officials are spreading information about how survivors and families can find one another or report someone missing.

  • Larry Hoffman