Man arrested after posting pictures of Grenfell Tower 'body' on social media

The London Fire Brigade said 250 firefighters and 40 engines "at its height" were fighting to block the blaze for dozens of hours.

The fire sent up plumes of smoke that could be seen from miles away.

Mr Cundy added: "Whilst we may have accessed every floor that is not the same as a full search of the whole building, and as I said while we now sadly have 12 fatalities, I do believe that figure will rise and sadly I don't anticipate that there will be further survivors". He added he doesn't "anticipate there will be further survivors".

Higgins said the Republic's citizens were thinking of those hurt or grieving in the blaze at the west London tower block. Authorities warned that the death toll may go up as almost 20 of the 70 people warded in hospitals were in critical condition. Many of them have donated water, food and clothing to the nearby St Clement church, where locals have taken refuge.

London MP Andy Slaughter described the Grenfell Tower fire as a national tragedy on a huge scale. "Any lessons learnt from this will be borne out not just across London, across the United Kingdom - and lessons learnt globally".

The management organisation said yesterday it was too early to speculate what caused the fire and contributed to its spread. Others said they had warned repeatedly about fire safety in the block.

The local authority which owns Grenfell Tower in Kensington declined to confirm whether fire barriers were installed on most floors between the insulation panels attached to the exterior of the building as part of the renovation.

Meanwhile, many residents remain unaccounted for, and friends and family are scrambling to connect with their loved ones.

There were reports that some leapt out of windows. One man said he saw a "child on fire" jump from the 22nd floor of the tower block.

One focus for the investigation will be the building's cladding, which TV architect George Clarke said may have accelerated the blaze. "Members of the public were reassuring them, telling them we've done what we can and that we've phoned 999, but obviously the look on their face was death", Ms Lamrani said.

The London Mayor Sadiq Khan visited the site with fire officials and assured Londoners that the cause of fire will be brought to light.

The Houston Fire Department addressed questions surrounding the London high-rise apartment fire that left six people dead Wednesday morning. When she got downstairs, there was only four of them with her.

  • Leroy Wright