More than 200 firefighters are tackling a massive blaze at a block of flats in London, with reports of people are trapped in their homes.
Grenfell Tower on fire outside my flat. Never experienced such terror in my life. Hope everyone is safe. pic.twitter.com/x5gJin5Ltl
— Xeni R (@xensxr) June 14, 2017
Residents continue to be evacuated from the tower block fire in #NorthKensington. A number of people being treated for a range of injuries.
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) June 14, 2017
Forty engines were called to the 27-storey Grenfell Tower at just after 1.15am on Wednesday, on the Lancaster West Estate, north Kensington.
Police said a “number of people are being treated for a range of injuries”, including two for smoke inhalation, as pictures from the scene showed flames engulfing most of the block.
Residents are continuing to be evacuated from the tower block, the Metropolitan Police said.
Fire crews from north Kensington, Kensington, Hammersmith and Paddington and surrounding stations were at the scene.
The cause of the fire is not known at this stage, London Fire Brigade said.
— London Ambulance (@Ldn_Ambulance) June 14, 2017
Former Chancellor George Osborne has tweeted an image of the tower block fire which is near his home in London.
He offered his “prayers for those affected and the heroes tackling it”
Just seen this awful tower block fire near my home in W London. My prayers with those affected & heroes tackling it pic.twitter.com/MFi1DAnCSK
— George Osborne (@George_Osborne) June 14, 2017
The tower bock continues to send huge plumes of smoke across London this morning now dawn has broken.
Firefighters, police and the ambulance service remain on the scene.
Transport for London said there was no service between Hammersmith and Edgware Road on the Circle and Hammersmith and City lines, while the police said the A40 was closed in both directions, owing to the fire.
A witness who gave his name as Rio told Sky News UK he could see the fire from his kitchen window. He had been alerted to the blaze by the sound of distant smoke alarms.
It began on one side of the building but has engulfed the block in the last two hours, stretching from the second floor to the top. Rio said fire fighters could not physically reach the upper floors of the block from their trucks.
London ambulance service says it has sent a “number of resources” to the scene, including its specialist hazardous area response team of medics who specialise in provi