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Residents being evacuated from burning building

Residents being evacuated from burning building

A fire broke out in a 24-storey tower in London on Wednesday morning with reports that residents are trapped inside their homes, reported The Guardian. Police said a number of people were being treated for a range of injuries, but did not provide more specifics.

The fire brigade said 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters had been called to the blaze in Grenfell Tower, which has 120 flats.

Four hours after the alarm was raised, flames could still be seen on several floors of the blackened residential building, which was shrouded in a cloud of thick black smoke.

"There was a lot of people there - children, elderly people and disabled people; my family members, who thankfully made it out". The building was engulfed quickly, and London's fire commissioner says there have been "a number" of fatalities. We came outside and were confronted with the building that was completely engulfed in flames.

"I was in bed and heard "beep, beep, beep" and thought, 'I'll get up and run downstairs as quickly as I could'".

"Unfortunately, the Grenfell Action Group have reached the conclusion that only an incident that results in serious loss of life of KCTMO residents will allow the external scrutiny to occur that will shine a light on the practices that characterise the malign governance of this non-functioning organisation".

Stuart Crichton, the Ambulance Service's assistant director of operations, says 100 medics are on the scene, together with ambulance crews and advanced trauma teams.

Another witness said, "When we first seen it, it was only a few floors and then it just spread up all the building and on to the adjacent side and then it just spread all across".

London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Twitter called the fire a "major incident".

"It was a real shock and there were hundreds of people lining the streets, we could still hear screaming from the building and people were milling around in shock crying".

"This is an absolutely devastating fire", Nick Paget-Brown, the local council leader, told CNN.

Witnesses said the fire spread rapidly up the building, with some suggesting it was fuelled by gas.

He added: "I did see people working on a stairwell with a gas pipe over the past few weeks".

A resident action group had warned of the potential fire risk in the Grenfell Tower apartment block almost 18 months ago, saying a build-up of rubbish during development works posed a serious fire risk.

He said he saw people waving torches from the top level of the building and saw rescuers "doing an incredible job" trying to get people out.

Those unresolved issues caused the action group to raise concerns about safety but repairs weren't implemented until residents stormed the management office, they said.


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