London, UK: London Ambulance statement on the ‘unprecedented’ apartment fire in North Kensington:
“We have taken 30 patients to five London hospitals following the fire at #GrenfellTower & we remain on scene”
Nicole was in a nearby high rise when today’s devastating fire erupted in Grenfell Tower. Nicole caught images that documented the fire shortly after ignition. Here they are, commencing soon after 1am local time.
Massive #fire in #w11 !!! 👎🏻😢 #GrenfellTower #kensington #london #PrayersForGrenfell
It’s reached the other side now. #GrenfellTower #Fire #London #kensington #prayersforgrenfell
#FireFighters trying their hardest to get the fire under control.
#fire is working its way across the building. #GrenfellTower #w11 #kensington #PrayersForGrenfell
They’ve managed to put some of it out now. #GrenFellTower #GrenfellTowerFire #london #fire #kensington
There are a few flats still burning but it’s mostly been put out.
Images courtesy of @Nicole_Oxford
A statement from London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton on the North Kensington tower block fire:
“Over 200 firefighters and officers are attending this incident, with 40 fire engines and a range of other specialist vehicles, including 14 fire rescue units in attendance.
“Based on the level of resource that were needed at this fire we declared it a major incident in the early hours of this morning.
“London Fire Brigade’s Control room took multiple calls to this incident, with the first received at 00.54am.
“First fire crews were on site in under six minutes.
“Crews wearing breathing apparatus have been working in extremely difficult conditions to rescue people and bring this major fire under control.
“London Ambulance Service have confirmed that currently 30 people have been taken to five hospitals.
“At this time I am sad to confirm that we now know that there have been fatalities. I cannot confirm the number at this time and as you will appreciate with a fire of this size, affecting such a large building it would be unhelpful of me to speculate further.
“The cause of the fire is not known at this stage, and clearly we will be here all day and will be in a providing further updates, working with the police and ambulance service.”
“Further information for the public will be made available shortly, including advice for those concerned about those they are worried about and the emergency services will be working with all agencies, including the local authority to support all of those affected by this incident.”