International desk – The devastating fire that ripped through a residential tower in West London killed at least 12 people and injured scores others, police said.
The rescuers fear that the death toll may rise further as the search operations were still on. Firefighters rescued 65 people from Grenfell Tower in north Kensington, after they were called at 00:54 BST.
Eyewitnesses described people trapped in the burning tower block, screaming for help and yelling for their children to be saved, according to BBC report.
More than 200 firefighters from London Fire Brigade brought the flame after more than 12 hours of frantic efforts.
People from across the world glued to the television sets to watch the building burning. The fire and smoke could be seen from most part of London after the 27-storey building was alighted.
Police say there may still be people in the building who are unaccounted for.
The ambulance service said 68 patients had been taken to six hospitals across London, with 18 in critical care. A further 10 patients made their own way to hospital.
During the night, eyewitnesses said they saw lights – thought to be mobile phones or torches – flashing at the top of the block of flats, and trapped residents coming to their windows – some holding children.
It is understood that “several hundred” people would have been in the block when the fire broke out shortly after midnight, most of them sleeping.
An emergency number – 0800 0961 233 – has been set up for anyone concerned about friends or family.
Paul Munakr, who lives on the seventh floor, managed to escape told BBC, “As I was going down the stairs, there were firefighters, truly amazing firefighters that were actually going upstairs, to the fire, trying to get as many people out the building as possible.”
He said he was alerted to the fire not by fire alarms but by people on the street below, shouting “don’t jump, don’t jump”.