London fire: What do we know about the inferno at Grenfell Tower?

Plumes of black and gray smoke billowed high into the air over the British capital hours after the blaze broke out at the Grenfell Tower where several hundred people live.

He said crews have rescued 65 people from the building, and that firefighters have searched most of the tower and reached the top floor.

"Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower in London and our colleagues from London Fire Brigade and all the emergency services working in hard conditions to deal with this tragic incident", she said. London Fire Brigade's Control room took multiple calls, with the first being received at 00.54am The first fire crews arrived on the scene in under six minutes and were faced with a rapidly developing and incredibly complex fire.

At least 12 people are now confirmed to have died in the horrific Grenfell Tower blaze, police have said.

Tim Downie, who lives not far away, told Britain's Press Association that he feared the building could collapse.

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

The feline is said to have become separated from his owners after the huge fire consumed the Grenfell Tower on Latimer Road, West London on Tuesday night.

London Ambulance Service said that 50 people had been taken to five hospitals.

Authorities say the cause of the fire is not yet known and declined to speculate about how it started and spread so quickly.

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Witnesses described people leaping from the building and of trapped children banging on windows as the fire broke out at around 1 a.m. local time. "What we can't have is a situation where people's safety is put at risk because of bad advice being given or, if it is the case, as has been alleged, of tower blocks not being properly serviced or maintained", Khan said. "A gentleman ran forward and managed to grab the baby".

The local council of Kensington and Chelsea, which owns the block, said its focus was on supporting the rescue and relief operation.

"Residents continue to be evacuated from the tower block fire". "Us 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", Lamrani said. "In my 29 years of being a firefighter I have never, ever seen anything of this scale".

"I've heard that there are places where families who lived in the flats can go, but I'd like the fund to go long-term so that it can fund essentials such as furniture when these people moved into new places". "They were running and telling people".

Sadiq Khan, who is Mayor of London, told the paper: "There will be a great many questions over the coming days as to the cause of this tragedy and I want to reassure Londoners that we will get all the answers". "A lot of people said 'Help, help, help.' The fire brigade could only help downstairs". A massive fire raced through the building early Wednesday, emergency officials said.

Student unions from the North of England have teamed up with London universities to send aid.

  • Rogelio Becker