A 27-story residential tower – Grenfell Tower – in London was being evacuated early on Wednesday morning as a massive fire engulfed the building. Police, fire and ambulance crews have been deployed near the area as rescue work has started taking place. London Fire Brigade said 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters were trying to douse the flames. London Metropolitan Police, in a statement said, “a number of people are being treated for a range of injuries.” Assistant Fire Commissioner Dan Daly said, “This is a large and very serious incident and we have deployed numerous resources and specialist appliances.” The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
Sadiq Khan, the London Mayor on Twitter declared the fire a ‘major incident.’ Streets around the towers have been sealed off and the evacuations are taking place on a full swing.
Scores of passersby took to social media to post videos of the building being engulfed by flames. They also said that they could hear residents screaming for help from their windows.
There is still no clarity on whether anyone has lost their life in the tragedy. There is also no detail on exactly how many people are trapped in the towers. London Fire Brigade is however, using their Twitter ID to inform people about the rescue operations. Assistant Commissioner Dan Daly said: “Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are working extremely hard in very difficult conditions to tackle this fire. This is a large and very serious incident and we have deployed numerous resources and specialist appliances.” Read latest updates on London fire, 200 firefighters on the spot here
Here are some of the latest videos and pictures from the London fire site:
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Neighbours shouting to a man still visible in a window at Grenfell Tower pic.twitter.com/oUh7HgD08i
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