London fire: Blaze engulfs apartment block in West London

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"The NFCC will continue to work United Kingdom fire and Rescue Services to assist landlords to ensure our guidance is constantly evolving to reduce the number of high rise fires".

Many traumatic accounts of the fire and its impact have emerged, including a baby being dropped from the tower.

A massive fire blazed through a 27-storey apartment block in west London in the early hours of Wednesday, police and fire services said.

Once the sun rose, smoke could be seen from miles away.

The building was also the subject of warnings of fire risk by a group called Grenfell Action Group in 2016. "They shoved plastic things on there that set up alight because they want more reasons to knock these blocks down". Residents say it appeared to start in an apartment on a lower floor and spread upward quickly. "It had completely spread within half an hour".

Hurd has spoken to London Fire Brigade Assistant Commissioner Steve Apter to assure him that the government will offer assistance. "In my 29 years with London Fire Brigade I have never seen a fire of this nature". The cause of the fire is not known at this stage, it added.

Volunteers are calling for people to donate the essentials such as blankets, food, clothes and water to those left stranded by the fire.

A police update at approximately 4.00 a.m. BST said residents at Grenfell Tower were still being evacuated. Were fire safety regulations followed by the managers of the tower, Kensington and Chelsea Tenants Management Organisation (KCTMO), and how much oversight was there from the owners, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council?

Others told of seeing people shouting and waving from the windows for help, and residents shining torches from within as the inferno erupted in the dead of night.

"Somebody did, a gentleman ran forward and managed to grab the baby", she said.

Joe Walsh, 58, said he saw someone throw two children out of a window from the fifth or sixth floor.

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Ambulance officials say 74 people were being treated in hospitals across London for a range of injuries and smoke inhalation.

The review had been ordered by the All-Party Parliamentary Fire Safety & Rescue Group following the deaths of six people in a blaze at a high-rise building in Camberwell, southeast London, in July 2009.

Witnesses described a white, polystyrene-type material falling like snow from the building as it burned. When no-one came to help, she chose to escape on her own, the woman said. She and her grandson sat outside the building, helplessly watching those trapped on higher floors.

"As soon as I arrived, someone pointed and said 'someone is jumping, someone is jumping.' About 16th or 17th floor, we saw a body coming down".

"We could see a lot of children and parents screaming for 'Help!"

Sandwell Council leader Steve Eling said: "The fire in London is an absolute tragedy and my thoughts are with those killed, injured and who have lost their homes". It was fire up, up, up.

"Successive ministers since 2013 have said they are still looking at it. Mr Barwell said he was still looking at it and was preparing to meet with the All-Party group".

The major fire comes just 10 days after a terrorist attack occured in the city.

"There were no fire alarms", said Edward Daffarn 55, who was warned by a neighbor to flee.

High-rise residents anxious about the safety of building have been offered reassurance by the leader of Havering Council.

"I'm lucky to be alive. I wrapped the little one up because of the smoke and I just got them out", he said. "I consider this mass murder". 20 of them are in critical condition.

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