Deadly blaze rips through 24-storey London apartment block
A blazing fire engulfed a 24-storey block of flats in central London on Wednesday, killing 12 people, injuring at least 70 more and trapping some residents asleep inside the towering inferno.
Flames licked up the sides of the block in the north Kensington area as 200 firefighters, backed up by 40 fire engines, fought the blaze for hours.
Plumes of black and grey smoke billowed high into the air over the British capital hours after the blaze broke out at the Grenfell Tower where several hundred people live.
Residents rushed to escape through smoke-filled corridors in the housing block after being woken up by the smell of burning. Some said no fire alarm sounded.
At least 12 people were confirmed dead in the blaze although police said there may still be unaccounted people in the building.
“I do anticipate that the number of fatalities will sadly increase beyond those 12,” said the Metropolitan Police’s Stuart Cundy in a televised address.