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Firefighters battle massive blaze in London high-rise

Firefighters battle massive blaze in London high-rise

The Metropolitan Police has set up a "casualty bureau" hotline for people concerned about loved ones, using the numbers 0800 0961 233 or 020 7158 0197. A plume of black smoke stretched for miles (kilometers) across the pale sky after dawn, revealing the blackened, flame-licked wreckage of the building.

More than 20 ambulance crews were on the scene, along with 200 firefighters and 45 fire engines.

"I saw the woman later and she was hysterical".

London Ambulance Service says 50 people have been taken to five hospitals following a major fire in a high-rise residential building. One side of the Apartment completely went on fire.

"We literally watched a man burn to death in his flat", her friend, Tamara Eastmond said.

"Somebody did, a gentleman ran forward and managed to grab the baby".

Ruks Mamudu, 69, escaped from her first floor apartment wearing only her purple pajamas and bathrobe.

Emma also claimed that neighbours were standing at the bottom of the tower to try and catch people who had made a decision to jump.

Some residents filmed the blaze from the ground, and shouted at trapped people waving from their windows to "cover their mouths".

Ahmed Chellat said he had family inside the building, but did not know whether they were trapped inside.

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

She also said that chunks of the building kept falling off in flames.

He said he saw people jumping from the building. "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. It was fire up, up, up.

They said official advice in the event of a fire had been to stay inside.

"We brought them out and we held them in our arms, and the paramedics brought them to the hospital", Asif said.

Mr Paramasivan, who was woken by the smell of burning at around 1.30am, said: "I looked out into the corridor and saw there was smoke everywhere and neighbours running around and a fireman saying get down the stairs".

"The fire started from the bottom, people on upper floors couldn't get out". There are 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters at the Lancaster West Estate, according to Daily Mail.

A woman showed up in tears looking for her sister, who lived in the 24-story building that caught fire. "I'm lucky to be alive".

"I have seen people coming out in their bedclothes - it's just very distressing". Grenfell Action Group said that the residents did not contain any proper fire safety precautions from the KCTMO (Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation Limited). "I consider this mass murder".

The whole building is now on fire and huge smoke is covering the entire area and making it hard to see and breath. It recommended that in case of a fire in the building residents should stay inside their apartments.


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