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Latimer Road fire: huge blaze breaks out in 24-storey apartment block in London

Fears that people are trapped in a blaze at the tower block in Latimer Road, near Notting Hill, that broke out in the early hours of Wednesday morningGrenfell Tower fire – live updates

A fire has broken out in a tower block in west London with fears that people are trapped in their homes.

The fire in the 24 -storey Grenfell Tower on Latimer Road near Notting Hill started in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The London Fire Brigade said on Twitter they were responding to a fire on the Lancaster West Estate after multiple calls. Two hundred fire fighters were at the panorama along with forty engines “thats been” called at just after 12.50 am.

In a statement on Facebook, deputy commissioner Dan Daly announced: Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are running extremely hard in very difficult conditions addressing this fire. This is a large and very serious occurrence and we have deployed numerous resources and specialist appliances.

The statement said the fire reached from the second largest storey of the building to the crest and the cause of the flame was not aware. The London Ambulance Service said it had sent a number of resources to the region to be incorporated hazardous field answer team.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said in a short statement on Twitter that it was a major incident.

Map of Grenfell Tower

Just before 4am the Metropolitan police articulated people were being treated for a variety of traumata and removals were continuing.

Photographs and video from the incident showed big flames engulfing most of the block, with lightings on in many windows. The tower contains 120 residences.

Tim Downie (@ TimDownie1)

Raging fire in Grenfell Tower near Latimer Road. Whole block of 24 storeys up in flames. People still trapped inside. Horrendous. J7UO321yIP

June 14, 2017

Witnesses described hearing screams for help “re coming out” people inside the tower and walls of the building creaking.

Fabio Bebber tweeted from the incident that the flaming had taken over most of the block.

Fabio Bebber (@ biobber)

We’re being removed from the incident as the burn now encompasses other side of the building and people are still trapped. #grenfelltower #london

June 14, 2017

The Metropolitan Police told two people were being treated at the panorama for inhale breath and cordons are already in place. Residents in neighbouring streets were being evacuated and streets in the area, including the Westway, were closed.

Celeste Thomas said there were hundreds of people outside the building with both residents and households trying to find each other.

Celeste Thomas (@ mamapie)

Smoke transformed darker now. Have to run, my house within main cordon field. #LatimerRoad #GrenfellTower #GrenfellFire

June 14, 2017

One local occupant and witness, Victoria Goldsmith, told Sky news: The whole build think this is engulfed now. Its spread all the way to the top.

There was was literally two people trapped at the top and they had mobile phones and they had the ignites trying to flash them and signal people … They couldnt get to them … the flaming deterred going and the lights went out.

They are trying to get it under control. Its pretty horrendous.

George Clarke, the presenter of Amazing Spaces, lives nearby. He told Radio 5 Live: I was in bed and heard beep, beep, beep and reckon, Ill get up and run downstairs as quickly as I could.

I thought it might be a car alarm outside and find the incandescence through the windows.

Im getting contained within ash, thats how bad it is. Im 100 meters away and Im absolutely covered in ash.

Its so heartbreaking, Ive met someone flashing their torches at the highest level and they patently cant get out.

The people are doing an incredible undertaking to try and get people out that building, but its truly frightful.

Natalie (@ Natalie_Oxford)

They’ve managed to set some of it out now. #GrenFellTower #GrenfellTowerFire #london #fire #kensington ePLJgTPVJ8

June 14, 2017

Tim Downie, who lives 600 m from the building, told Sky News that by nearly 4am the building was mostly burned out.

Its gone. Its only a matter of day before this building breakdowns, he announced.

I merely hope they have got everyone out.

People ought to have delivering ocean, clothes, anything theyve got to help, out to the cordon, he said.

I have watched people coming out in their bedclothes – its just very distressing.

The tower block was built in the 1970 s within the framework of the Lancaster West Estate project.

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