Firefighters are trying to put out a huge blaze which has engulfed a 24-story Grenfell block of flats on the Lancaster West Estate, London.
More than 200 firefighters and 40 engines have been dispatched to tackle a huge fire at Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road, near Notting Hill, in West London. The London Fire Brigade and Metropolitan Police were called to the scene at 1:16 am local time (00:16 GMT).
The fire engulfed the building from the second storey to the top floor.
A number of people have lost their lives, Dany Cotton, Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade told reporters in a televised briefing.
“This is an unprecedented incident. At this time I am very sad to confirm that there have been a number of fatalities, I cannot confirm the number at this time due to the size and complexity of this building,” he said.
It was reported earlier that a huge fire broke out at the apartment block.
The fire reportedly started on the fourth floor due to a faulty fridge.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan referred to the fire as a “major incident”. According to the Guardian citing a witness, alarms went off “very, very quietly” when the fire broke out.