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30 people taken to London hospitals after fire

30 people taken to London hospitals after fire

London Fire Brigade have confirmed that there are a "number of fatalities", but could not report a figure as the investigations are in its infancy. Cotton said the exact cause of the fire is not yet known.

Witnesses reported harrowing scenes as residents trapped in top floors leaned out windows, flashing their mobile phone lights and calling frantically for help. The building was being monitored by structural engineers amid concerns it could collapse.

London Ambulance Service said 30 people have been rushed to five hospitals around the capital, while at least one resident is still stuck inside the block on the 11th floor, with firefighters desperately trying to reach him.

Meanwhile, London mayor Sadiq Khan has urged people to follow London Fire Brigade on Twitter for updates.

Many traumatic accounts of the fire and its impact have emerged, including a baby being dropped from the tower.

"I'm really not in any position to answer any questions about the structure".

"He was screaming help, help, help but no one helped", a witness named Hadil Alamily told the Guardian newspaper.

At least 40 fire engines responded to the scene, with 200 firefighters involved in a futile effort to contain the blaze.

A "major incident" has been declared, following the "unprecedented" fire.

The apartment block was built in 1974, but had recently undergone a major refurbishment, including a new heating and hot-water system, Paget-Brown said.

Some British media reported that some people were trapped in the fire. I think he's OK.

He added: "They are being told to put a cloth over their mouths and try to get out by themselves".

"Crews wearing breathing apparatus and extended duration breathing apparatus have been working in extremely challenging and very hard conditions to rescue people and bring this major fire under control".

"Several hundred" people would have been in the tower block at the time, according to the leader of Kensington and Chelsea Borough Nick Paget-Brown.

Plans and drawings lodged with the local planning department show details of a recent refurbishment project on the site.

"A blog late past year by occupants of the tower warned only a catastrophic fire in the tower would "bring an end to the risky living conditions" of tenants and leaseholders", Australian newspaper The Chronicle reports.


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