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DEVELOPING: Massive Fire engulfs 27-story building in London
JUNE 14, 2017
Desperate residents are building ropes from sheets in an attempt to escape from their windows as a huge inferno engulfs a tower block in west London.   The ‘horrendous’ blaze has struck the 27-storey Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road, White City, in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The fire has spread from the second floor to the roof of the enormous towering block, with 200 firefighters struggling to bring it under control.

Panicked residents trapped high in the enormous tower were heard screaming for help as they tied bed sheets together in an attempt to reach the ground. One neighbor said he believed someone had jumped from the block. The residential tower holds 120 flats, with two of the residents being treated for illness from smoke inhalation. Terrified residents in their pajamas have been evacuated as police are pushing people away from the area for fear the block will collapse as debris has started to fall from the tower.  
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'A number of fatalities' confirmed as huge blaze 'sparked by a faulty FRIDGE' engulfs 27-storey London tower block: Trapped residents build ropes from sheets and hurl themselves from windows in desperate attempt to escape
Several people are confirmed dead after a huge inferno broke out at a residential tower block in West London
Many residents believed to still be trapped inside the 27-storey building as it teeters on the brink of collapse
More than 600 residents desperately tried to escape the flames as the fire broke out in the middle of the night
The London Ambulance Service said 50 people have been rushed to five different hospitals around the capital
Send your photos and videos of the fire at Grenfell Tower in White City to mailonlinepictures@dailymail.co.uk
By Ekin Karasin and Alexander Robertson and Isobel Frodsham For Mailonline
PUBLISHED: 02:20, 14 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:12, 14 June 2017
Several people have been confirmed dead after a huge inferno 'sparked by a faulty fridge' broke out at a residential tower block in West London.

Families were forced to 'beg for their lives' as they tried to escape the blaze, while several people are still trapped inside the 27-storey building as it teeters on the brink of collapse.

Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road, White City, is currently 'lurching' to one side after a 'very, very severe fire' broke out in the early hours of Wednesday morning, with those inside claiming a fire alarm failed to sound. 

More than 600 residents desperately tried to escape the flames as the fire broke out in the middle of the night, with many woken by the screams of others and the smell of burning plastic. 

As residents flooded the streets outside the building, many spoke of members of their family or close neighbours being unaccounted for, as they were forced to watch on as their home and all their belongings went up in flames.

A woman who volunteers at one of the local community centres where residents are being taken said dozens of children remain unaccounted for, as separated families desperately try to reunite with their loved ones. 

Many residents who gathered outside the smoldering ruins of the building said the fire had been caused by a faulty fridge in one of the flats, but the fire service told MailOnline it could not confirm the reports at this stage.

One neighbour said he saw people jumping from up to 15 floors up to escape the fire, while there were screams of joy and a relief as a five-year-old girl was pulled from the flames by emergency services.

Dany Cotton, Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, said there had been 'a number of fatalities' following a 'unprecedented incident' that she described as the largest in scale that she had seen in her 29-year career.  

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4601902/Huge-inferno-West-London-tower-block.html 

Many residents who gathered outside the smoldering ruins of the building said the fire had been caused by a faulty fridge in one of the flats, but the fire service told MailOnline it could not confirm the reports at this stage

In this image taken by eyewitness Gurbuz Binici, a huge fire engulfs the 27-storey Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road, White Cit

More than 600 residents desperately tried to escape the flames as the fire broke out in the middle of the night, with many woken by the screams of others and the smell of burning plastic

A woman covered in ash is comforted by others as she looks on while the enormous fire rages through the night and into the morning
The cordon around the block has been pushed back by police and homes surrounding it evacuated amid fears that the building could collapse in the densely populated area of London

At least one resident is still stuck inside the block on the 11th floor, with firefighters still desperately trying to reach him

Dany Cotton, Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, said there had been 'a number of fatalities' following a 'unprecedented incident' that she described as the largest in scale that she had seen in her 29-year career

Several people have been confirmed dead after a huge inferno broke out at a residential tower block in West London (shown)

A man (circled) looks from a window as smoke pours from a fire that has engulfed the 27-storey Grenfell Tower in west London

Firefighters have been battling the blaze for several hours and while the flames are slwoly being brought under control, there are fears the tower could collapse
Natalie Oxford took this photo early this morning
Firefighters have been battling the blaze for several hours and while the flames are slwoly being brought under control, there are fears the tower could collapse
A trapped resident looks out from his window as he tries to get the attention of the rescue services. Emergency services asked people to shine torches or their phones from their windows to let them know they were still inside

The heat was said to be so intense that firefighters (shown) were unable to get close to the building, which was built in 1974

London Ambulance Service said 50 people have been rushed to five hospitals around the capital, while at least one resident is still stuck inside the block on the 11th floor, with firefighters desperately trying to reach him.

Those in the upper floors were seen flashing torches in a bid to call for help, tying bedding together to create makeshift ropes.

Panicked residents trapped high in the enormous tower were heard screaming for help as they leaned out of their windows and tied bed sheets together in an attempt to reach the ground.

Many of those evacuated said they were woken by screams, intense heat and the smell of burning plastic, thought to be white cladding that was installed on the building last year as part of a £10million refurbishment.

One woman said that residents faced 'either jumping out the window with their children and risk breaking bones or staying where you were and dying'. 

The fire is said to have spread from the second floor to the roof of the enormous 120-flat block in just 15 minutes, with 200 firefighters struggling to bring it under control. 
The heat was said to be so intense that firefighters were unable to get close to the building, which was built in 1974.
Eyewitness Tamara told BBC News: 'You could hear people screaming "help me, help me".
'There were people throwing their kids out [of windows], they were shouting "save my children". The fire brigade were telling people to stay where they were, they were telling people "we'll come and get you".' 
Hanan Wahabi, 39, who lives on the ninth floor, said she was awoken at about 1am by smoke.
'I could see there was ash coming through the window in the living room, which was partially open,' she said, sitting with her husband and son, 16, and daughter, eight, outside a local community centre.
'I looked out and I could see the fire travelling up the block. It was literally by my window,' she said. 'I slammed the window shut and got out.'


After the family escaped, she called her brother, who lives on the 21st floor, to see if he was all right. 
'A mother on the top floor escaped with her six children. By the time she got to the bottom, she only had four with her': Residents give horrific eyewitness accounts
A woman with six children who was attempting to escape from the 21st floor of the London tower block fire this morning got to the bottom to discover two of them were missing, it has been claimed.

Dozens of horrific eyewitness accounts have begun to emerge from the 27-storey tower block fire in White City this morning, with residents claiming people are still stuck inside the building - which houses 600 people.

There have been a 'number of fatalities' at the fire at Grenfell Tower in west London, London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton has told reporters.

One resident described how people were 'just throwing their kids out' screaming "save my children''.

Local resident Tamara told BBC News: 'Around 12.30/1am my mum called me and said there was a fire outside. By the time I got there the whole right side of the building was on fire, the whole thing was engulfed in flames.

Dozens of horrific eyewitness accounts have begun to emerge from the 27-storey tower block fire in White City this morning, with residents claiming people are still stuck inside the building - which houses 600 people. +78


'We could hear people screaming 'Help me' so me and my brother, with some other people who live in the area, ran over to the estate to where you could still get underneath it and there were people just throwing their kids out saying 'Save my children'.

'The fire crew, ambulance and police couldn't do anything, they couldn't get in, and they were just telling them to stay where they are, and we'll come and get you. But things quickly escalated beyond measure and they couldn't go back in and get them.

'Within another 15 minutes the whole thing was up in flames and there were still people at their windows shouting 'Help me'. You could see the fire going into their houses and engulfing the last room that they were in.' 

Another witness, Samira, told BBC News: 'It escalated really quickly. Around midnight the fire was only around the third floor and then, before you know it, the whole 23 floors of the building were all on fire and there were people screaming for help and throwing kids out.

'I think everyone felt really helpless because no-one could get to them. Everyone was really scared and they didn't know what to do and it was really sad to see. These are all people that we grew up with and people that we see every day, like our neighbours.

'There was a lot of people there - children, elderly people and disabled people; my family members, who thankfully made it out. But there are still a lot of people who are unaccounted for.'

There have been a 'number of fatalities' at the fire at Grenfell Tower in west London, London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton has told reporters

Tamara went on: 'My brother has a lot of school friends who are still wondering if their friends have made it out, they haven't got in contact with them or heard anything. One of the girls lives on the top floor, which the police advised that if you were living on that floor that it is most likely that they haven't made it.'

Samira added: 'I think the speed of the fire was the most shocking thing for everyone, how quick it literally went from zero to 100. Like it was literally just the fourth floor and that was bad but it was really minor, and that building is really big and the whole building was gone - even before it hit 1am the whole building was in flames.

'I saw people flying out of their balconies and windows. I saw a man who flew out of his window, I saw people screaming for help. We saw a lot of people jumping out that basically didn't make it. It was from the eighth floor and up, and that kind of floor you wouldn't really make it.'

Tamara continued: 'I had a family friend that was stuck all the way up till 5am but luckily she made it out and some others from her floor and the floors below made it out.

'But there are people who were higher up that they just couldn't get to because it just got out of control so quickly.

'It was like a split second before the whole building was on fire. It started on one floor, then it took one side and then the whole building was on fire. There's nothing you can do but watch things unfold in front of you.'

A man who lived on the 17th floor of the block, identified as Methrob, told LBC Radio: 'I heard the fire trucks and so I was alerted that something was going on. There was no fire alarm in the building, we don't have an integrated fire alarm system. 

A woman with six children who was attempting to escape from the 21st floor of the London tower block fire this morning got to the bottom to discover two of them were missing, it has been claimed +78

'I went outside my house and I could smell the smoke. I looked out my window, I leaned over and I could see the fire blazing up. I woke up my auntie who was sleeping, it was about 1.15am, and we started to make our way down.

'I warned a couple of my neighbours, the ones nearest to me, and we basically went as fast as we could.'

He said the fire was inside one apartment, but added the 'real issue was when it caught fire to the cladding outside. That's when I noticed the fire from outside when I looked out the window.

'By the time that we got downstairs, the fire had gone all the way up and it was just about reaching our windows on the 17th floor.

'The whole one side of the building was on fire. The cladding went up like a matchstick.'

Methrob said residents had been concerned about safety, adding that there had been warning 'for over a year'.

Fabio Bebber wrote on Twitter: 'More screams for help as the fire spreads to another side of the building.

'We can see how quick the fire spreads via the external panels. It's unbearable hearing someone screaming for their lives at #grenfelltower.'

Two women console each other (pictured) as the area surrounding the building in west London was cordoned off by police officers

Jamie Martin climbed through a window to escape the inferno. He told BBC Radio 4: 'Bits of the building were falling off, I scalded my shin on a hot piece of metal.

'I was shouting 'Get out get out' to people as I saw them and they were shouting back, 'we can't, the corridors are full of smoke'.

Actor and writer Tim Downie, who lives around 600 metres from the scene in Latimer Road, said he fears the block could collapse.

He said: 'It's horrendous. The whole building is engulfed in flames. It's gone. It's just a matter of time before this building collapses.

'It's the most terrifying thing I've ever seen. I just hope they have got everyone out. 

Bits of debris, thought to be white cladding that was installed on the building last year as part of a £10million refurbishment, is seen falling from the building

The fire is said to have spread from the second floor to the roof of the enormous 120-flat block in just 15 minutes, with 200 firefighters struggling to bring it under control
The charred remains of hundreds of peoples homes are desperately doused in water by firefighters as they try to bring the raging blaze under control

Six hours after the fire was first reported to emergency services, it continues to burn despite the efforts of hundreds of firefighters on the scene

The fire is said to have spread from the second floor to the roof of the enormous 120-flat block in just 15 minutes, with 200 firefighters struggling to bring it under control

Residents in the burning tower were said to be evacuating and a number of people were treated for a 'range of injuries,' Metropolitan Police said

A photograph from ITV's Good Morning Britain shows the building before it was set alight. Shown right is the tower as firefighters continued to battle the flames

A map shows the location of the tower block in west London. The surrounding area is densely populated with other houses and flats 
'The fire hadn't reached the top of the block at that point,' Wahabi said.
'He said he had been told to stay inside, stay in one room together and put towels under the door. I told him to leave. He said he was going to come. Then I called him and he said there was too much smoke.'
She added: 'The last time I saw him they were waving out the window, his wife and children. The last time I spoke to his wife, he was on the phone to the fire brigade. 
'I've not heard from them since, the phone is not going through, the landline isn't going through. That was about 2:00am.'
TIMELINE OF THE FIRE 

12.30am: Residents report smelling burning plastic

12.54am: London Fire Brigade receive the first call

1am: First fire engines arrive at the scene in Grenfell Tower
 
1.16am: Police are called to attend the fire
 
3am: Some residents remain trapped inside with torches still being shone from windows - the sign the emergency services asked trapped residents to give
 
8am: Fire brigade reveal there have been fatalities
 
8.30am: First indication that the fire was started by a faulty fridge
A witness identified as Daniel told BBC Radio London that people on the upper floors were trapped as the flames rose higher and higher.
'People have been burned,' he said. 'I have seen it with my own eyes. And I have seen people jump.'  
Another survivor at the community centre, wearing shorts, a T-shirts and trainers and with a blanket draped around his shoulders, said he saved his own life with just moments to spare.
'My neighbour's smoke alarm went off and I thought he might have done some cooking," he said, giving only his first name of Eddie, 55. 
"I went into the bathroom and I got the towel and wet it and wrapped it around my head. I run out into the hallway, close the door behind me and ran for where I thought the fire exit was.
'I didn't find it. It was a matter of life and death - I thought, "If I'm in this for another five seconds, I'm a goner".'
'Then on the ground there was a fireman, he touched my leg and pulled me into where the fire stairwell was. You couldn't see anything. I just ran down the stairs. There wasn't that many people on the stairs.
'Loads of people haven't got out of the building.'
Abdul Hamid, 51, lives on the 16th floor lost everything he owned but counted himself lucky to be alive.
'I have nothing. My passport was in there - it's gone. I'm meant to be flying to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj. Now I'm homeless.'


Action group called for Grenfell Tower to be pulled down FOUR YEARS ago but say their warnings about appalling safety ‘fell on deaf ears’

An action group predicted the Grenfell Tower fire was an accident waiting to happen four years ago but claim their warnings fell on deaf ears.

The fire service confirmed this morning there had been a number of fatalities in the horrific blaze which was reported just after 1am today.

Grenfell Action Group said: 'Watching breaking news about the Grenfell Tower fire catastrophe. Too soon to even guess at numbers of casualties and fatalities.

'We have posted numerous warnings in recent years about the very poor fire safety standards at Grenfell Tower and elsewhere in Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC).

'All our warnings fell on deaf ears. This was inevitable and just a matter of time.'

The group had been posting about their concerns of tower block's safety regularly calling for it to be torn down before it went up in flames in the early hours of this morning in White City.

An action group predicted the Grenfell Tower fire was an accident waiting to happen four years ago but claim their warnings fell on deaf ears (pictured: the tower before the blaze)

A fire safety notice at Granfell Tower, where police confirmed there had been a number of fatalities as a result of the blaze

Chillingly, back in November, while addressing the managed by tenant managers Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO), the group wrote: 'It is a truly terrifying thought but the Grenfell Action Group firmly believe that only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the KCTMO, and bring an end to the dangerous living conditions and neglect of health and safety legislation that they inflict upon their tenants and leaseholders.

'We believe that the KCTMO are an evil, unprincipled, mini-mafia who have no business to be charged with the responsibility of looking after the every day management of large scale social housing estates and that their sordid collusion with the RBKC Council is a recipe for a future major disaster.

'Unfortunately, the Grenfell Action Group have reached the conclusion that only an incident that results in serious loss of life of KCTMO residents will allow the external scrutiny to occur that will shine a light on the practices that characterise the malign governance of this non-functioning organisation.

'We believe that the KCTMO have ensured their ongoing survival by the use of proxy votes at their Annual General Meeting that see them returned with a mandate of 98 percent in favour of the continuation of their inept and highly dangerous management of our homes.'

There is no suggestion that KCTMO are to blame for the fire and MailOnline contacted the landlords Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation, but nobody was immediately available to comment. 

The planned drawings which show the refurbishment of existing Grenfell Tower including new external cladding and fenestration, alterations to plant room, reconfiguration of lower 4 levels to provide 7 new residential units, replacement nursery and boxing club facilities, external public realm works, redevelopment and change of use of existing garages to refuse collection area +83
The planned drawings which show the refurbishment of existing Grenfell Tower including new external cladding and fenestration, alterations to plant room, reconfiguration of lower 4 levels to provide 7 new residential units, replacement nursery and boxing club facilities, external public realm works, redevelopment and change of use of existing garages to refuse collection area

London fire commissioner confirms 'number of fatalities'

Heroic firefighters shield themselves from the falling debris as they race to help people trapped inside the large building
Debris from the fire in the Grenfell Tower, in West London. The fire has been declared a major incident by the Mayor of London and several people are said to have died
'No fire alarm': Man who escaped building with wife and two kids

A resident in another tower block looks on as thick plumes of smoke fill the air in west London following the devastating fire

Hundreds of firefighters were rushed to the scene in the early hours of this morning, however many of them were forced to watch on as the huge blaze stopped them reaching much of the tower

Firefighters tackling a huge inferno at a residential tower block in West London fear the 27-storey building could collapse

As residents flooded the streets outside the burning building, many spoke of members of their family or close neighbours being unaccounted for

Firefighters gather outside the building that went up in smoke today. Witnesses said the fire 'escalated very quickly' and there were people screaming for help from their windows

The fire is said to have spread from the second floor to the roof of the enormous 120-flat block in just 15 minutes, with 200 firefighters struggling to bring it under control
Commander Stuart Cundy, from the Metropolitan Police, said: 'All the emergency services and other agencies continue to work together at the scene.
'I can confirm there have been a number of fatalities and others receiving medical care. We will be soon making contact with next of kin.
'Anyone who is concerned about loved ones in relation to the fire should contact Casualty Bureau which has been opened following the fire. If you do not get through immediately please do try again.' 
Among those being evacuated was what a man described as a ‘heavily disabled woman’, who was being carried down the stairs by firefighters. 
Mouna Elogbani, who lives on the 11th floor with her husband and three children, aged 13, 10 and two, said she got a phone call from a neighbour warning her that the block was alight.
She said: ‘I was in my home going to bed, It was around 1.30am and my children were asleep.
‘My friend called on the phone and told me that the building was on fire, it was coming towards our floor and we needed to get out.
‘I woke up my children and we carried them out of the flat – but when we opened the door to escape the flames burst into the house and we had to shut it again. We got out through a fire escape and down the stairs.' 

According to the London Fire Brigade, 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters are working to put out the blaze, seen here in the early hours of this morning
Grenfell Tower resident told to keep distance from building

The enormous building was scorched to cinders by the fire, which has been raging for hours since it was first reported

The smoke fills the sky above west London. Witnesses spoke of smelling smoke at about 1am, with reports that no fire alarm sounded after the blaze broke out

A large chunk of debris (shown) falls from the sky as residents gathered outside the building to try and find their loved ones 

A police officer escorts a resident to safety (pictured) as debris fills the streets around the large building in west London

The huge fire could be seen from all over London, as the massive plume of smoke flied the skies above the capital city
‘I know that there are people trapped on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd floors and one of my neighbours has passed away.'
The 27-storey block, believed to contain around 120 flats, underwent a £10million refurbishment last year.
Mrs Elogbani said: ‘It was not safe anymore. They took away the security – it was no longer 100 per cent safe.
When asked about worries about how it would cope in a major fire she said: ‘I wouldn’t be surprised’. She said: ‘We’ve lost everything. I am feeling sick, shocked and angry’.
A woman resident said: ‘Some residents did escape. I heard some people shouting help from their windows from 20 floors. I saw them flashing their lights… and then they stopped.
‘I don’t know what happened – or if they are safe. It was really horrible.’
Schoolboy Omar Kalam, 11, was standing anxiously at the emergency service cordon with father Walid, 44. 'My brother has friends and they live in there,' he said. 'I’m not sure if they are all right yet.'
Parents from nearby Kensington Aldridge Academy, where Omar attends, had been told the school was closed, his father said.
Residents who managed to escape sit on the pavement as they await news of what is going on. The cause of the fire is not yet known. Those who escaped said the fire started as a 'minor incident' but soon engulfed the whole building

Londoners watch on as the building goes up in flames, with emergency services packing the streets around the scene

An arm holding a cloth can be seen waving from a window of Grenfell Tower as smoke rises from a lower window. There are around 600 people living in the tower block, which has about 140 flats
One resident told the BBC he saw a helicopter circling the tower and getting close to a woman who was waving a flag outside her window but was not able to rescue her


Debris outside the Grenfell Tower after the fire. Those who have escaped are concerned about those who may be left inside, and an emergency number has been set up to help people locate their relatives

Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road, White City, is currently 'lurching' to one side after a 'very, very severe fire' broke out in the early hours of Wednesday morning, causing people to 'beg for their lives'

Desperate residents are building ropes from sheets in an attempt to escape a huge inferno that has engulfed a tower block in west London 

The entire block has been completely covered up by the massive flames on all sides with thick plumes of smoke filling the air 

Witnesses said that the acrid smell was 'horrendous' as the inferno gutted all the windows and swept across the entire building 

The fire continued to burn as the sun rose on Wednesday with long plumes of smoke filling the air over west London
Several people are being treated for a 'range of injuries' including illness from smoke inhalation. One neighbour said he believed someone had jumped from the block

The fire has spread from the second floor to the roof of the enormous towering block, with 200 firefighters struggling to bring it under control

WATCH THE FULL VIDEO 
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4601902/Huge-inferno-West-London-tower-block.html

Nassima Boutrig, who lives opposite the building, said she was awakened by sirens and smoke so thick that it filled her home as well.
'We saw the people screaming,' she said. 'A lot of people said "Help, help, help". The fire brigade could only help downstairs. It was fire up, up, up. They couldn't stop the fire.'
Boutrig said her friend's brother, wife and children lived in the building and that her friend was waiting to find out if they were OK.
Flatowners in their pyjamas have been evacuated as police are pushing people away from the area for fear the block will collapse due to 'chunks' of debris flying off from the tower.
The cordon around the block has been pushed back by police and homes surrounding it evacuated amid fears that the building could collapse in the densely populated area of London. 
Police, 40 fire engines and helicopters rushed to the scene as horrifying pictures emerged on social media showing giant flames licking up the side of the block.
Fire crews from North Kensington, Kensington, Hammersmith and Paddington and from surrounding fire stations are in attendance. The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.
Tim Downie, who lives a few hundred feet from the building, told Sky News: 'The acrid smell is just horrendous. The building has pretty much burnt out, there are just a few bits that are still not burning.
'Every single window is gutted. There is debris falling off it. The heat was extraordinary. The fire has wrapped itself around the block. People on the street said it started on the fourth floor and spread all the way up and around.
The London Fire Brigade said: 'Crews continue to work hard at tower block fire in North Kensington. Fire is from 2nd to top floor of 27 storey building.'  
Firemen were inside trying to get people out of the building, which was built in 1974 and part of the Lancaster West Estate. 

Horrified residents watched the blaze. There are 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters at the Lancaster West Estate
Terrified residents in their pyjamas have been evacuated from the residential block as police are warning people to stay away for fear it might collapse

Witnesses spoke of helicopters circling above the blazing tower block for hours since the fire started at 1am on Wednesday

The windows were seen burning bright orange as massive plumes of black smoke filled the air 

 The 'horrendous' blaze has struck the 27-storey Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road, White City, in the early hours of Wednesday morning
Huge blaze engulfs the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in West London

Residents have been asked to shine torches and phones out of their windows so the fire brigade knew there was someone who needed rescuing.
By 3am, at least one torch was still shining from the block, which was ablaze on two sides as hundreds of concerned neighbours gathered near the building to watch and try to contact those inside.
Jody Martin said he got to the scene just as the first fire engine was arriving. He told the BBC: 'I grabbed an axe from the fire truck, it looked like there was a bit of confusion about what to do.
'I ran around the building looking for a fire escape and couldn't see any noticeable fire escapes around the building. A lot of debris falling down.
'I eventually gained entry on to the second floor, and once I got to the corridor I realised there was so much smoke there.'
He added that given the thickness of the smoke, he would be surprised if anyone could have left the building without assistance.
'I watched one person falling out, I watched another woman holding her baby out the window... hearing screams, I was yelling everyone to get down and they were saying 'We can't leave our apartments, the smoke is too bad on the corridors',' he said.
Local councillor Nick Paget-Brown described the blaze as a 'very, very severe fire'. He told Sky News: 'Clearly it's an absolutely devastating fire.
'Several hundred would have been in there. It's a question of establishing how many people were in there at the time of the fire. 

A group of people trying to help out police were forced back because they were walking towards the burning building
Police and 40 fire engines have rushed to the scene as hundreds of concerned residents gathered outside to try to contact their loved ones 

Two trapped people leaned out of their windows (left) as they tried to get to a ladder (right) which fell just short of their floor 
Fire crews from North Kensington, Kensington, Hammersmith and Paddington and from surrounding fire stations are in attendance. The cause of the fire is not known at this stage, the London Fire Brigade said in a statement +83
Fire crews from North Kensington, Kensington, Hammersmith and Paddington and from surrounding fire stations are in attendance. The cause of the fire is not known at this stage, the London Fire Brigade said in a statement
'I'm really not in any position to answer any questions about the structure.
'Clearly there's a lot more work to do to evacuate the building and to establish how safe it is.'
Fire crews from north Kensington, Kensington, Hammersmith and Paddington and surrounding stations were at the scene with the fire burning from the second to the top floor.
The cause of the fire was not known at this stage, London Fire Brigade said.
Fabio Bebber wrote on Twitter: 'More screams for help as the fire spreads to another side of the building.
'We can see how quick the fire spreads via the external panels. It's unbearable hearing someone screaming for their lives at #grenfelltower.' 
One neighbour, Derry Glover, told MailOnline he first heard sirens at around 1am. He added that he believed someone had jumped from the building.
The London Fire Brigade received multiple calls to the fire which spread from the second floor to the top floor of the 27 floor building.
Assistant Commissioner Dan Daly said: 'Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are working extremely hard in very difficult conditions to tackle this fire. This is a large and very serious incident and we have deployed numerous resources and specialist appliances.'
'The Brigade was called to the fire at 12.54am and is still at the scene. Fire crews from North Kensington, Kensington, Hammersmith and Paddington and from surrounding fire stations are in attendance. The cause of the fire is not known at this stage,' the brigade said in a statement.
A group of people trying to help out police were forced back because they were walking towards the burning building. A witness told BBC Radio: 'There are parents and kids in pajamas waiting outside.'
London Fire Brigade rush to the scene of huge blaze in West London




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Hundreds of firefighters are working to try to fight the blaze, but are still struggling to get it under control
Residents still in the building had been told by firefighters to line the bottom of their doors to stop smoke getting in. Meanwhile, police conducted a roll call of flats to work out who might still be trapped inside.
George Clarke, the presenter of Amazing Spaces, told Radio 5 Live: 'I was in bed and heard 'beep, beep, beep' and thought, 'I'll get up and run downstairs as quickly as I could'.
'I thought it might be a car alarm outside and saw the glow through the windows. I'm getting covered in ash, that's how bad it is. I'm 100 metres away and I'm absolutely covered in ash. It's so heartbreaking, I've seen someone flashing their torches at the top level and they obviously can't get out.
'The guys are doing an incredible job to try and get people out that building, but it's truly awful.' 
Clarita Ghavimi, 66, who lives on seventh floor, said she was told to leave the building amid fears it might collapse. 
Flashing lights seen coming from tower block engulfed in flames

'Every single window is gutted. There is debris falling off it. The heat was extraordinary. The fire has wrapped itself around the block' a witness said 
Police have continued to widen the cordons around the tower for fear that it will collapse onto people 
'At 12.30am I heard a loud alarm and I woke up,' she told MailOnline.
'Then I heard a voice on the speaker saying 'You need to get out, the building's going to collapse.' I went to the door and my flat started smoking so I grabbed a towel and made it damp to stop the smoke.' 
She added: 'When I opened my door two men carried me down the stairs. I am concerned that my son doesn't think that I'm safe. I've tried to get in contact with him but I can't remember his number. I feel like I have some smoke inhalation.'
Ms Ghavimi explained that she only has her bus pass on her. 'My passport, everything is in there.'
Shocked bystanders filmed the blaze from the ground, and shouted at trapped people waving from their windows to 'cover their mouths'. 
Eye witness says 'smoke is everywhere and fire is out of control'

An eye witness said: 'There are about 15 fire engines but are struggling to get in and out because there is just one narrow road in and one narrow road out'
Desperate residents trapped high in the tower have built ropes from sheets in an attempt to reach the ground +83

Shocked bystanders prayed for those trapped inside as they spoke of helicopters flying over the blaze for 'nearly two hours'
'Cover your mouth with a wet towel,' they yelled. 'Don't panic. It started on the fourth floor or something. There are people in their windows, putting their heads out.' 
An eye witness said: 'There are about 15 fire engines but are struggling to get in and out because there is just one narrow road in and one narrow road out.'  
Another added: 'Sirens flying up and down the road and police helicopter hovering for nearly 2 hours has been the noise tonight. Terrible.'
Tim Donwie wrote: 'Raging fire near Latimer Road. Whole block of 24 floors up in flames. People still trapped inside. Horrendous.' 
One resident wrote on Twitter: 'I'm stuck in this block!!! Can't leave my house because I'll die from the smoke.' 
Celeste Thomas added: 'Police have moved everyone back out of direct sight but can hear cracking and debris falling.  
Desperate residents trapped in tower make ropes form blankets

The roads outside the residential block, which has 120 flats, were filled with panicked people who reported hearing people screaming inside

Police and the London Fire Brigade have rushed to the scene of the fire in West London
Traffic comes to a stop as huge fire breaks out in west London

'Police have been asking everyone to go inside. Fire spread and not yet showing signs of coming under control.'
A third added: '24 storeys burning in West London area. All floors and columns burning.' 
Met Police said in a statement: 'Police were called at 1.16am on Wednesday, 14 June to reports of a large fire at a block of flats in the Lancaster West Estate, W11.
'Officers, the London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service are currently at the scene. An evacuation process is underway.
'At this stage we are aware of two people being treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. We await an update as to whether there are any further injuries.
'The Local Authority has been informed. Cordons are in place and it is advised that the estate and surrounding area is avoided.'
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