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27-story apartment building on fire in western London

27-story apartment building on fire in western London

Nine News UK correspondent Seb Costello told Hit FM that fire crews had worked throughout the night to contain the fire, which broke out in the multi-storey Grenfell Tower near Notting Hill this morning around 1.15am. Clement's church are in wheelchairs and have been brought from adjacent buildings that were evacuated by firefighters because of fears the fire might spread.

Nassima Boutrig, who lives opposite the building, said she was awakened by sirens and smoke so thick that it filled her home as well.

"The whole building is on fire (and) spreading fast", witness Goran Karimi told CNN. London Mayor Sadiq Khan said a "major incident" had been declared.

London Ambulance said it had sent a " number of resources" to the scene, including its Hazardous Area Response Team.

London ambulance services are responding to a major fire burned in west London.

This story has been corrected by removing reference to 15 being treated for smoke inhalation, which was information from an older incident.

"A number of people being treated for a range of injuries", London Metropolitan Police said in a statement, adding that an evacuation is underway.

"I eventually gained entry on to the second floor, and once I got to the corridor I realised there was so much smoke there".

The massive fire has engulfed the Grenfell Tower in North Kensington from the 2nd story to the top floor, the London Fire Brigade has tweeted. It's also not clear whether people are trapped.

London Fire Brigade assistant commissioner Dan Daly said in a statement, "Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are working extremely hard in very difficult conditions to tackle this fire".

"At this time I am very sad to confirm that there have been a number of fatalities, I can not confirm the number at this time due to the size and complexity of this building", Dany Cotton, Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade told reporters.

London Fire Brigade said around 30 flats near the scene had been evacuated and a cordon was in place.

"It's so heartbreaking, I've seen someone flashing their torches at the top level and they obviously can't get out".


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