What happened at Grenfell Tower? A visual guide

"I can confirm six fatalities at this time but this figure is likely to rise during what will be a complex recovery operation over a number of days", police commander Stuart Cundy said in a statement.

Those who escaped the fire are also quoted to have said they did not hear a fire alarm, and were only alerted to the fire by neighbors knocking on their doors. The causes of the fire will be fully investigated and we will keep people informed'.

"Questions need to be answered as soon as possible", said London mayor Sadiq Khan.

The fire brigade said 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters had been called to the blaze at Grenfell Tower, which has 120 flats.

One woman on the ground shouts out "Oh they're screaming" as they watch on helpless.

Fire engulfed the 24-storey block of flats in central London in the early hours of Wednesday.

"I watched one person falling out, I watched another woman holding her baby out the window", he said. The baby was caught by a man at the scene after being thrown out of the window from 9th or 10th floor of the 24-storey residential tower. "A gentleman ran forward and managed to grab the baby".

The Grenfell Action Group has posted an entry on its blog this morning, stating that it has previously raised concerns about fire safety at the tower block. "Our specialist urban search and rescue crews and a structural engineer have checked the building and said that it is not in danger of collapsing and that it is safe for our crews to be in there".

A local residents association had previously warned it was anxious about the risk of a serious fire in the block.

The fire swept through a high-rise apartment building in west London earlier today, killing an unknown number of people and sending more than 50 people to area hospitals.

Witnesses described people leaping from the building and of trapped children banging on windows as the blaze took hold at around 1 a.m. local time. You could see the fire going into their houses and engulfing the last room that they were in'. "Only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence" of the building's managers, they warned in November past year, adding that the event would probably be a fire, and the blog would serve as "damning evidence of the poor safety record".

"My thoughts are also with London Fire Brigade and all emergency services who responded to this incredibly hard incident".

Flames and smoke billow as firefighters deal with a serious fire in a tower block at Latimer Road in West London. "In my 29 years of being a fire fighter I have never, ever seen anything of this scale".

"A number of people being treated for a range of injuries", police said.

Terry went on to say how he felt the fire was so large that no amount of planning could have prepared anybody for Wednesday morning's event. "It was like something out of a horror movie", said one resident.

"Everyone was in shock, everyone was fleeing, screaming", Michael Paramasivan, a resident of the block, told BBC radio.

Mayor Khan said the advice would be looked into.

  • Leroy Wright