Massive fire engulfs London high-rise, leaves at least 12 dead

As noon approached Wednesday, the building in the west London neighborhood of North Kensington was still smoldering and breaking out into flames.

Fire swept through a high-rise apartment building in west London early Wednesday, killing at least six people and sending more than 50 people to area hospitals.

The Metropolitan Police said a 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of sending malicious communications and obstructing a coroner.

A massive fire has broken out in a 27-floor block of flats in west London where residents were being evacuated and people treated for injuries, police and fire services said.

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When no-one came to help, she chose to escape on her own, the woman said.

Many people were trapped on the upper floors, with some holding babies out of winders and other jumping from their windows.

Witnesses said the flames spread quickly up the building as most residents slept, and photographs later on Wednesday showed an nearly entirely blackened, smouldering shell.

Rydon Group, which that carried out the refurbishment, said the project "met all required building regulations".

Metropolitan Police officers arrived at the scene to assist the London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service.

Prays are said and candles are lit outside Notting Hill Methodist Church during a vigil for people caught up in the disaster.

Prime Minister Theresa May's office said she was "deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life" in the fire.

"We have heard a number of theories about the cause of the fire at Grenfell Tower", said the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the local authority which owns the block. "GoFundMe users are fully protected by the GoFundMe Guarantee (we are the only social fundraising platform to offer this layer of protection which launches this week in the UK), which means funds are guaranteed to go to the right place or they will get a refund".

"The whole building is on fire (and) spreading fast", witness Goran Karimi told CNN.

"There are already disturbing reports emerging of the pipework in the building for a fire emergency being out of action", Ritson says.

"There are 22,000 homes in this country where this is a potential risk of fire or electrocution because of defective cables", Senator Xenophon said.

It was not yet possible to confirm the cause of the fire, which spread throughout the building from lower floors, Fire brigade chief Cotton said.

The organization said, "We are aware that concerns have been raised historically by residents.

They ran around knocking on people's doors", she said.

There is no word on whether either child's family made it out safely.

At least 12 people have died in the tragedy, with hospitals across the capital treating 78 people, of whom 18 are in critical care.

The London Fire Brigade said it did not yet know the cause of the fire.

The Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal - which is a governmental watchdog, typically called in to investigate a death along with setting provincial fire protocol - released a statement about the blaze.

They have in fact appealed to people who are missing relatives or missing friends to get in touch, so they can try and establish who was there and who wasn't and then account for them.

  • Zachary Reyes