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Grenfell Tower fire: At least twelve people confirmed dead after huge blaze destroys 24-storey London building

At least twelve people have died in the Grenfell Tower blaze and more are feared dead after a huge fire destroyed the tower block in west London.

Flames tore through the 24-storey building in north Kensington overnight, leaving people trapped on upper floors - some holding babies out of windows and others jumping from their flats.

Some bodies have been removed from the smouldering remains of the building, which contains 120 flats thought to be home to between 400 and 600 people.

Commander Stuart Cundy of the Metropolitan Police said: "Sadly I can confirm that there are now 12 people that have died that we know of.

"This is going to be a long and complex recovery operation and I do anticipate that the number of fatalities will sadly increase beyond those 12."

Fire crews are continuing to tackle "pockets of fire" in the building with many people still unaccounted for.

Steve Apter, director of safety and assurance at London Fire Brigade, said: "I can confirm I have had firefighters manage to get through particularly arduous conditions up to the top floor."

London Fire Brigade said it had rescued 65 people from the building.

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