Tower block blaze: What we know
A “number of fatalities” confirmed following fire at Grenfell Tower in north Kensington.
Firefighters are tackling a huge blaze which has engulfed a block of flats in west London.
Here is what we know so far:
:: London Fire Brigade has confirmed a “number of fatalities” following a blaze at Grenfell Tower in north Kensington.
:: The number of fatalities is not currently known owing to the “size and complexity” of the building.
Members of the community step in to help residents of Grenfell Tower affected by the fire pic.twitter.com/6yQVeXfuiP— Press Association (@PA) June 14, 2017
:: Crews were first called to the scene in Latimer Road at 12.54am on Wednesday morning.
:: The building is at least 24 storeys high.
:: Forty appliances containing more than 200 firefighters attended the scene.
:: More than 20 ambulance crews were sent to the scene, London Ambulance Service said.
:: Thirty people have been taken to five hospitals, LAS said.
:: Fire crews from north Kensington, Kensington, Hammersmith and Paddington and surrounding stations were at the scene with the blaze burning from the second to the top floor.
:: The cause of the fire is not yet clear.
:: Thirty adjacent flats have been evacuated by police.
:: London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the fire has been declared a “major incident”.
Major incident declared at Grenfell Tower in Kensington. 40 fire engines & 200 firefighters at the scene - follow @LondonFire for updates.— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) June 14, 2017
:: Grenfell Tower was built in 1974 and contains 120 homes, according to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
:: The building was upgraded at a cost of £8.6million with work finishing in May 2016.
:: A casualty bureau has been set up for anyone concerned about friends and family on 0800 0961 233.