Massive fire breaks out in London apartment building

Marco Green
June 14, 2017

He said: "It's horrendous". We came outside and were confronted with the building that was completely engulfed in flames.

In a separate interview, Mangalile said the whole area has been cordoned off for fear that the whole building may collapse.

"I have seen it with my own eyes". I just hope they have got everyone out.

"I saw people flying out of their balconies and windows".

"All I can see is people gathered - there are bits of ash falling down from the building everywhere".

Forty fire engines and 200 firefighters and officers have been called to the scene.

David Benjamin told the BBC he was asleep when he heard banging.

As residents flooded the streets outside the building, many spoke of members of their family or close neighbours being unaccounted for, as they were forced to watch on as their home and all their belongings went up in flames. There are images on television of debris falling from the tower block, while people on the scene have described exploding windows.

"When I got on the landing it was thick with smoke but the smoke alarms weren't going off, which is quite scary".

He added that given the thickness of the smoke, he would be surprised if anyone could have left the building without assistance.

"As I was going down the stairs, there were firefighters, truly incredible firefighters that were actually going upstairs, to the fire, trying to get as many people out of the building as possible", he told the BBC.

"This is an absolutely devastating fire", Nick Paget-Brown, the local council leader, told CNN.

"Several hundred would have been in there".

Many people at St.

"I'm really not in any position to answer any questions about the structure".

The building was recently upgraded at a cost of 8.6 million pounds ($11 million), with work finishing in May 2016.

The fire has been burning for more than three hours and stretches from the second to the 27th floor of the building.

The cause of the fire remains unknown.

Smoke billows as firefighters deal with a serious fire in a tower block at Latimer Road in West London, Britain June 14, 2017. You could hear people screaming.

"It's a bit early to start pointing fingers, I would have thought".

"(If I were asleep), we would have all been dead - that's how bad it was", he said.

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

Two women who watched the fire break out said they saw multiple people jump from the top floors of the tower to try to escape.

Following the incident, GAG said that it posted numerous warnings about the very poor fire safety standards at Grenfell Tower and elsewhere in neighborhood.

The London Ambulance service says 30 people have been taken to five hospitals after a massive high-rise fire.

"Not for the first time we must ask how safe is Lancaster West, can staff be trusted to ensure it is safe, and what hidden fire risks might be lurking in Grenfell Tower or elsewhere on the estate?" it said. "My prayers with those affected & heroes tackling it".

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