Officials confirm fatalities in London high-rise fire

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Twitter that the fire had been declared a "major incident". "People screaming", Jody Martin said, describing the distressing scene said.

"The smoke has just slowly engulfed them. There's a fireman shouting "get down the stairs", one of the block's residents, Michael Paramasivan, told BBC radio.

"I have asked QPR's Lee Hoos to see if Loftus Road could be used a relief centre".

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

By early morning, most of the block was a blackened hulk.

Still, there is no idea about how the fire caught in the Apartment. There is only the stairs, which is smoke, it's dark, it's scary, it's trip hazard.

He says tenants have been complaining for years about issues at the building. "I can not confirm the number at this time due to the size and complexity of the building", Cotton said.

She said there were "a number" of fatalities. I've never seen anything like this. Firefighters are working very hard at the moment.

The fire was first reported about 1.15am Wednesday local time, when many residents would have been asleep in their beds. Officials did not have any information to give her. Thirty people were taken to five hospitals, according to the London Ambulance Service. So many people were left inside. A cordon is in place around the building and around 30 adjacent flats to the tower block have been evacuated by the police.

Celeste Thomas lives across the road from the tower and said residents and families were "trying to find each other" following the evacuation.

People were reportedly trapped in their homes. Heavy smoke is still billowing into the air, flames still raging nearly five hours after police received the first report of the fire.

It told passengers the fire was likely to affect services into the afternoon, warning of "major delays".

Police, fire and ambulance crews raced to Grenfell Tower, part of the Lancaster West housing estate about a mile northwest of Kensington Palace, said the report.

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said "a number" of people had been confirmed dead. An updated figure was not available.

Latest picture shows fire almost out. She said the cause of the blaze was not known. It's also not clear whether people are trapped. "This is a large and very serious incident and we have deployed numerous resources and specialist appliances".

Firefighters were battling a massive fire in a London apartment high-rise early Monday morning. The fire brigade could only help downstairs.

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