London fire: Huge flames engulf 27-storey tower block, many people injured

"This is going to be a long and complex recovery operation and I do anticipate that the number of fatalities will sadly increase beyond those 12".

Police received report of the fire at the building at 1:16 a.m. local time (0016 GMT).

The brigade said a structural engineer had checked the building and determined it was not in danger of collapse and that rescue teams were safe to be inside. A fire action sign that hung on the wall in the building advised residents to leave at once if there is a fire in their apartment or their side of the building. Dozens of residents were evacuated, but it quickly became apparent that many more were trapped in the building that contains 120 flats.

The block had recently undergone an 8.7 million pound ($11.08 million) refurbishment of the exterior, which included new external cladding and replacement windows.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed 6 people dead, but officials also stated that the death toll is expected to rise, as many people are still unaccounted for.

"This is an unprecedented incident", Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton told reporters on the scene. Endless numbers of people.

The appeal, on the JustGiving website, was set up by an account in the name of Haley Yearwood, with the note: "I am a teacher at a local school and know that many of our students and their families will be affected by this terrible fire".

Close to Notting Hill, the tower block is around a five minute walk from the Latimer Road Underground station and near the Westfield shopping center in the west London suburbs. "A lot of people said 'Help!" People screamed for help as the fire took hold of the building. Some residents were seen using bedsheets to make their escape from the tower block.

Forty fire engines and 200 firefighters and officers have been called to the scene.

Prime Minister Theresa May was said to be "deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life" and newly appointed police and fire minister Nick Hurd will chair a meeting of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat to co-ordinate the response.

As noon approached Wednesday, the building in the west London neighborhood of North Kensington was still smoldering and breaking out into flames.

She recalled seeing residents of Grenfell Tower in the early hours of Wednesday morning, shouting for help and trying to escape.

"We could hear people screaming, "Help me, help me", and flashing their phone lights to let people know they were there".

"I watched flames burst out of our window and our flat was engulfed in flames", he said.

"Windows are broken, just an inferno inside", he said.

"This is mass murder and these people need to be put into court for the way they've treated this community", he said at the scene of the blaze.

"People were looking down at all of the emergency crew and they were probably thinking, "That's OK, I'm going to be saved, the fire brigade are here", he said.

"The whole landing was thick with smoke".

- London Fire Brigade says it has rescued 65 people from the tower.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan visited Grenfell Tower this morning and said it's "extremely distressing and devastating".

It was built in 1974 and is managed by the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation on behalf of the Council.

Various locations near the tower block have opened their doors to victims of the blaze, and they're also taking donations to help those affected.

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