Huge Fire Engulfs Tower Block Near Westway
250 firefighters tackling blaze at 24-storey Grenfell Tower
A massive fire has taken hold of a tower block in North Kensington in the early hours of Wednesday morning. 250 firefighters are on the scene tackling a blaze which is believed to have started shortly before 1am at 24-storey Grenfell Tower on the Lancaster West Estate. Police have confirmed that a number of people have died in the fire.
The fire is from the second floor to the top floor of the 24 floor building. A cordon is in place around the building and around 30 adjacent flats to the tower block have been evacuated by the police.
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.“
Commander Stuart Cundy, from the Metropolitan Police, said, "I can confirm there have been a number of fatalities and others receiving medical care. We will be soon making contact with next of kin.
"Anyone who is concerned about loved ones in relation to the fire should contact Casualty Bureau which has been opened following the fire. If you do not get through immediately please do try again.
"Extensive cordons remain in place and a number of nearby residents have been evacuated as a precaution. The A40 is closed in both directions. We kindly ask that the public stay away from the area. I thank the public for their patience and their cooperation today which has already greatly assisted our policing response."
At 8.15am London Ambulance Service Assistant Director of Operations, Stuart Crichton issued an update saying: "We have now taken over 50 patients to five hospitals across London following the incident at Grenfell Tower, Lancaster West Estate, W11. Our thoughts are with everyone affected.
"Over 100 of our medics are working hard to respond to this incident, including ambulance crews, advanced paramedics, advanced trauma teams from London's Air Ambulance and those staff managing the incident in our special operations centre. In addition, our hazardous area response team are also on scene.
"A major incident has been declared and we continue to work closely with other members of the emergency services at the scene."
Cordons are in place and it is advised that the estate and surrounding area is avoided. The Westway is currently closed, buses are on diversion and there is currently no service between Hammersmith and Edgware Road on the Hammersmith and City and Circle lines.
Latest picture shows fire nearly out. Picture: @Natalie_Oxford
The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.
June 14, 2017