24 Story Building in West London Engulfed with a Horrifying Blaze

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A 24-story tower block on Latimer Road, West London, has been engulfed in a horrifying blaze, with reports saying people have been trapped in flats in the upper levels.

The massive fire has engulfed the Grenfell Tower in North Kensington from the second story to the top floor, the London Fire Brigade tweeted. It added that at least 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters have been battling the blaze.

The fire, which broke out at around 1am, is believed to have started on the fourth floor, reportedly due to a faulty refrigerator, RT UK’s correspondent Eisa Ali reports from the scene.

The building has a history of fire safety violations and residents have been complaining about improper and outdated safety standards as recently as last year, Ali said.

A sizeable number of the block’s residents are Muslim, and many might have been out of the building as it is during the holy month of Ramadan, Ali suggested. However, many others were still reportedly inside when the fire started, he added.

Meanwhile, eyewitness accounts have been pouring in, with reports claiming women and children were among those trapped on the burning floors.

London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has declared the fire a “major incident.”

No casualties have been yet officially been confirmed amid the mass evacuation, but alarming eyewitness reports of people caught in the blaze have been quoted in reports from the scene and on social media.

George Clarke, TV host of Amazing Spaces, told Radio 5 Live that even though he lives some 100 meters away, “I’m getting covered in ash, that’s how bad it is,” according to the Guardian.

“It’s so heartbreaking, I’ve seen someone flashing their torches at the top level and they obviously can’t get out,” Clarke added. “The guys are doing an incredible job to try and get people out that building, but it’s truly awful.”

 

– RT

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