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Notting Hill tower inferno: Police cordon widens fearing the tower block could collapse

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More than forty fire engines and 200 firefighters still continue to battle with the fire that has engulfed Grenfell Tower which is near to Ladbroke Grove some ten hours later.

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Police have widened the cordon as debris continues to fall down the side of the building, as 120 flats have gone up in flames.

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London Ambulance Service said Wednesday morning that 50 people have been taken to five hospitals across the capital.

Witnesses described people were jumping from their flats to avoid the fire and others made make shift ropes using blankets.

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “The good news is some progress has been made to go higher up the building. The structural experts who are there are currently saying the building is safe.

“Our focus now is search and rescue although it will move to, I’m afraid, recovery.

“And of course, we’ve got to make sure in the meantime we provide shelter to those who’s had to flee their homes, and the neighbouring properties.”

London Fire Brigade said in a statement: Speaking from the scene of the Grenfell tower block fire in North Kensington London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said:

“This is an unprecedented situation, with a major fire that has affected all floors of this 24 storey building, from the second floor up.

“Over 200 firefighters and officers are attending this incident, with 40 fire engines and a range of other specialist vehicles, including 14 fire rescue units at the scene.

“Based on the level of resource that was needed at this fire we declared it a major incident in the early hours of this morning.

“London Fire Brigade’s Control room took multiple calls, with the first being received at 00.54am The first fire crews arrived on the scene in under six minutes and were faced with a rapidly developing and incredibly complex  fire.

“Crews wearing breathing apparatus have been working in extremely difficult conditions to rescue people and bring this major fire under control.

“London Ambulance Service have confirmed 50 people have been taken to five hospitals.

“I am sad to confirm that we now know that there have been fatalities. I cannot confirm the number at this time and as you will appreciate with a fire of this size, affecting such a large building it would be unhelpful of me to speculate further but our thoughts are with all those who have been affected.

“The cause of the fire is not known at this stage and clearly we will be here all day and will be providing further updates, working with the Metropolitan Police and London Ambulance Service.

“Further information for the public will be made available shortly, including advice for those concerned about those they are worried about and the emergency services will be working with all agencies, including the local authority to support all of those affected by this incident.

“I would also urge anyone who has been involved in the fire and is safe to make themselves known to the emergency services if they haven’t already done so.”




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