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Huge fire engulfs 27 story apartment block in West London

14 Juin 2017

Cotton said a number of people died in the fire, but she couldn't yet confirm how many because of the size and complexity of the building. 50 fire engines have been made to the spot and over 200 firefighters are working hard to stop the fire. "We came outside and were confronted with the building that was completely engulfed in flames", she said.

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Firefighters stand amid debris in a playground near a tower block severly damaged by a serious fire, in north Kensington, West London, Britain, June 14, 2017.

Witnesses have described screams of terror and people jumping in a bid to reach safety after the blaze ripped through Grenfell Tower.

"It's the most terrifying thing I've ever seen. You could see the fire going into their houses and engulfing the last room that they were in".

Nicky Paramasivan, who was in his seventh floor flat with his partner and child, said the advice issued to residents in the event of a fire was to stay in their flats.

"The guys are doing an incredible job to try and get people out that building, but it's truly bad".

"I've not heard from them since, the phone is not going through, the landline isn't going through".

Edward Daffarn, a 55-year-old who lived on the building's 16th floor, said the fire alarm didn't ring.

"You couldn't see anything".

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Some people are still trapped inside the building, near Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd's Bush, and were heard screaming to be rescued as flames raced up the building from the second floor where it started.

London mayor Sadiq Khan also declared it a "major incident".

Commander Stuart Cundy, from the Metropolitan Police, said, "I can confirm there have been a number of fatalities and others receiving medical care".

Frantic families at the scene attempted to call their loved ones, fearing they could be stuck inside, and were being directed by police to a nearby restaurant where some of the injured were being treated.

The fire is spreading from the second floor to the top floor. It is not clear if people are trapped inside.

The London Ambulance service says 30 people have been taken to five hospitals after a massive fire at a high-rise apartment building in west London.

More than 20 ambulance crews were sent to the scene, London Ambulance Service said. A London Underground line passing the area near Latimer Road station was also shut down. "Cordons are in place and it is advised that the estate and surrounding area is avoided".

"It's clearly been a devastating fire", he said.

"But obviously from the higher the building I can't speak to much about that, I didn't see to much from them". At St. Clement's Church, where evacuees from neighboring buildings gathered, Hadra Hassad was trying to find one of her closest friends, who lived on the 21st floor.