The blaze at Grenfell Tower in West London has engulfed dozens of apartments. London fire – latest updates

  • A number of people have died after a huge fire engulfed a tower block in west London.
  • The fire broke out shortly before 1am on Wednesday at Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road near Notting Hill.
  • The tower is at least 24 storeys high and contains 120 apartments.
  • 200 firefighters have been tackling the blaze with 40 engines.
  • London ambulance service said they were called at 1.29am and 20 crews raced to the scene.
  • London fire brigade have confirmed there have been a number of fatalities.
  • It is also confirmed that 30 patients have been taken to five London hospitals.
  • There have been multiple reports of people trapped in the blaze.
  • A Guardian reporter at the scene said at least one man could be seen at a window waving and calling for help.
  • Streets around the tower have been sealed off and residents in their houses told to move out.
  • Falling debris also caused nearby flats to be evacuated.
  • London fire brigade have called it an unprecedented incident and say there is no known cause at the moment for the blaze.
  • The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has declared the fire a major incident.
  • Transport for London says there is no service on the Circle and Hammersmith and City lines between Hammersmith and Edgware Road.
  • The A40 Westway has been closed in both directions.
  • Grenfell Tower, which was built in 1974, had recently undergone a major refurbishment.
  • The Metropolitan police have an emergency number for anyone concerned for loved ones. The Casualty Bureau number is 0800 0961 233

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