London Fire: Six Dead, 20 in Critical Care, Baby Thrown from Window in Grenfell Tower Fire
A 24-story tower block on Latimer Road, West London, has been engulfed in a horrifying blaze, with reports saying people have been trapped in flats in the upper levels.
The massive fire has engulfed the Grenfell Tower in North Kensington from the second story to the top floor, the London Fire Brigade tweeted. It added that at least 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters have been battling the blaze.
A witness says she saw a member of the public catch a baby that was dropped from the burning tower block in west London.
Samira Lamrani told Britain's Press Association she saw a woman try to save the baby by dropping it from a window "on the ninth or 10th floor."
She says "people were starting to appear at the windows, frantically banging and screaming. The windows were slightly ajar, a woman was gesturing that she was about to throw her baby and if somebody could catch her baby.
"Somebody did, a gentleman ran forward and managed to grab the baby."
At least six people have died and more than 50 are being treated in hospital after a huge fire engulfed a tower block in west London in the early hours of the morning.
The Metropolitan police said it expected the number of fatalities to rise further, as a result of what Commander Stuart Cundy called a “truly shocking” fire at Grenfell Tower in the Latimer Road area, near Notting Hill.
Hundreds of firefighters battled to rescue residents from their flats after the blaze broke out, shortly before 1am. The fire rapidly engulfed the full height of the 24-storey block, and was still burning strongly more than six hours later, with a thick pall of dark smoke visible across the capital.
Residents could be seen waving and screaming from their windows, as firefighters wearing breathing apparatus fought to rescue them. There were unconfirmed reports from a number of witnesses who spoke of seeing residents jump from their homes as they were engulfed by flames.
The London fire commissioner, Dany Cotton, had earlier confirmed there had been fatalities as a result of the “unprecedented” fire.