Firefighters battling massive blaze in London high-rise

Fire-fighting crews still had to reach the top four floors of the building where several hundred people live in 130 apartments.

"We're raising £1,000,000 to help the families of who have been devastated by a fire which has destroyed their homes and taken loved ones", the JustGiving page explains. "I just hope they have got everyone out", he said.

Daffarn said residents had complained for years to London City Council about building safety, to no avail.

The blaze engulfed the 24-storey building with 200 firefighters attending the scene.

With the fire now under control, a lengthy investigation will begin.

From what Lamrai has said, it sounds as if she was there before the emergency services arrived because she reports that all the crowd below could do was reassure these people that help is coming, they've called 999, which is Britain's equivalent to 911 in the states.

Cladding had been added to the outside of the building, blamed by some residents for helping the fire to spread so quickly. "I thank them for all they are doing to help the victims of this devastating fire".

By 5 p.m., it was still not clear how many people were able to escape the fire and how many others were still missing.

A deadly overnight fire raced through a 24-story apartment tower in London on Wednesday, killing at least six people and injuring 74 others. "In my 29 years of career as a firefighter, I have never ever seen anything of this scale".

The block is owned by the local authority, the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, which has yet to respond to the events or reports of resident concerns.

"We are shocked to hear of the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower and our immediate thoughts are with those that have been affected by the incident, their families, relatives and friends".

The causes of the fire, one of the biggest in London in memory, were not immediately known.

Some witnesses told CNN residents were at first told to stay inside the building when the blaze broke out.

"These questions are really important questions that need to be answered", Khan said.

He said that after they fled the explosions from the flats included blue flames, suggesting gas.

Following recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, the United Kingdom was again confronted by scenes of horror Wednesday as an apartment building became engulfed in flames with residents trapped inside.

Residents related how they woke up to the smell of burning and rushed to escape through smoke-filled corridors.

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