Fire rips through London residential tower
June 14th, 2017 at 11:09 am
Fire rips through London residential tower

International desk – A huge fire has raged through the night at a tower block in Latimer Road of west London with fears that many residents are trapped inside.

The fire broke out at the 27-storey Grenfell Tower on the Lancaster West Estate nearly an hour pass midnight, according to BBC report.

Nearly 200 firefighters were trying to tackling the blaze.

Police said people were being treated for “a range of injuries”.

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This picture was posted by London Fire Brigade on Twitter after the fire broke out at the multi-storey residential building

The BBC reported the whole tower block had been alight and there were fears the building might collapse. A significant number of people were unaccounted for.

Forty fire engines have been sent to the tower, and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said a “major incident” had been declared.

At about 04:00 BST police said: “Residents continue to be evacuated from the tower block.”

Eyewitnesses said they have seen lights – thought to be mobile phones or torches – flashing at the top of the block of flats.

Others says residents – thought to be trapped inside – have been seen coming to their windows.

An unmanned hydraulic platform has been shooting water at the side of the building at about the 10th floor.

Firefighters had not been able to tackle the flames on higher storeys. The tower could be seen burning “from miles away”.

The police keep pushing back their cordons, pushing back members of the public for fear the building might collapse.

London Fire Brigade assistant commissioner Dan Daly said firefighters were “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.”

London Ambulance Service medics specially trained in life-saving medical care in hazardous environments have also been sent to the fire.

London Underground said the Hammersmith and City and Circle lines have been closed between Edgware Road and Hammersmith because of the fire.

Police said the A40 Westway was closed in both directions.

One eyewitness, George Clarke, the presenter of Channel 4 TV programme Amazing Spaces, told Radio 5 Live: “I’m getting covered in ash, that’s how bad it is.

“I’m 100 metres away and I’m absolutely covered in ash.

“It’s so heartbreaking, I’ve seen someone flashing their torches at the top level and they obviously can’t get out.”

Tim Downie, another eyewitness, said part of the building was “completely burned away”. “It has burned through to its very core,” he said.

“It looks very bad, very very bad. I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s just such a big fire.

“The whole building is just crumbling. It’s just billowing black smoke.”

According to Kensington and Chelsea Council, the tower block contains 120 flats and is 24 storeys high.

It is managed by the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) on behalf of the council and had undergone a two-year, £10m refurbishment that was completed last year.

The work included new exterior cladding and a communal heating system.

A local organisation called the Grenfell Action Group has claimed since 2013 that the block constituted a fire risk and residents had warned that access to the site for emergency vehicles was “severely restricted”, according to BBC.