London tower fire: A tower block at the Lancaster West Estate on Latimer Road in west London was engulfed in fire earlier today and 40 fire engines carrying 200 firefighters were called in to control the inferno, according to London Fire Brigade on Twitter. However, the fire spread uncontrolled to the very top of the building. They also said that the fire was on the 2nd floor and was spread to the top of the 27 storey building. As soon as the news about the fire spread, London Mayor Sadiq Khan on his Twitter handle wrote, “Major incident declared at Grenfell Tower in Kensington. 40 fire engines & 200 firefighters at the scene – follow @LondonFire for updates.” In his latest tweet, while talking about the situation, he wrote, “I’m in close contact with @LFBCommissioner re #NorthKensington fire. @LondonFire @Ldn_Ambulance @Metpoliceuk working together at the scene.”
According to the Metropolitan police, “Residents continue to be evacuated from tower block fire in London. The number of ppl being treated for a range of injuries.” While the exact number of casualties is still not known, as reported by The Guardian, more than 20 ambulance crews are at the scene, working with other emergency services and the London Ambulance Service has confirmed that 30 patients have been taken to five hospitals.
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“It has burned through to its very core. It looks very bad, very very bad. I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s just such a big fire. The whole building is just crumbling. It’s just billowing black smoke,” an eyewitness told the BBC.