We can only hope the number of fatalities are low, says Gerry Kelly
A Northern Ireland MLA has said the horror tower block blaze in London was a shocking reminder of the events of September 11, 2001.
Fire erupted at the Grenfell Tower block just after midnight on Wednesday. The resulting blaze engulfed the 24-storey building with scores injured and a number of deaths. Huge plumes of smoke could be seen billowing from the tower block on Wednesday morning as the rescue effort continued.
Structural engineers are monitoring the building which is thought to be unstable as a result of the incident.
Northern Ireland politicians have been reacting to the incident.
Ulster Unionist North Down MLA Alan Chambers said the incident reminded him of the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in 2001.
"The horror unfolding around London tower block tragedy puts a lot of other things going on into perspective. Shocking reminder of 9/11," he tweeted.
Speaking from London the DUP MP Ian Paisley said it was an horrific tragedy that was unfolding. He has been encouraging anyone in London to help with providing supplies to those residents left only with the clothes they were wearing when they evacuated the building. He has urged big stores in the area to help provide clothing.
He added: "Politics is transient, but this is about life and death. It is a tragic and horrific event unfolding before our eyes."
Terrible tragedy of inferno at high-rise block of flats in West London. We can only hope that the number of fatalities are low.— Gerry Kelly (@GerryKellyMLA) June 14, 2017
The horror unfolding around London tower block tragedy puts a lot of other things going on into perspective. Shocking reminder of 9/11.— Alan Chambers MLA North Down. (@alcham49) June 14, 2017
Terrible news from London. Thoughts with all involved.— Colum Eastwood 🇺🇦 (@columeastwood) June 14, 2017
Terrifying scenes at London's Grenfell Tower blaze. Thoughts with all those affected by this tragedy.— Naomi Long MLA (@naomi_long) June 14, 2017
Thoughts and prayers of support with those injured and those who have lost loved ones. Courage of our Emergency Services never ceases. https://t.co/eYRLrskFBr— Robin Swann : North Antrim UUP MLA (@RobinSwannMoH) June 14, 2017
Horrific tragedy in London - thoughts & prayers with those who mourn and the injured. Also to our heroic emergency services. Help if you can https://t.co/cRazJjboUx— Paul Girvan MP (@PaulGirvanMP) June 14, 2017
Horrendous news from London. Puts so much into perspective. Condolences to all affected.— Jim Allister (@JimAllister) June 14, 2017
Lump in my throat watching the news. Horrific. Helpless. Thoughts with the residents, their families and the crews responding.— Corr-Johnston (@JulieACorr) June 14, 2017
Thoughts & prayers with all those at Kensington tower block. Truly awful scenes.— Charlie Flanagan (@CharlieFlanagan) June 14, 2017