London Fire: Several Dead, Over 60 Injured In Tragedy

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said questions will need to be answered over the safety of tower blocks after several people were killed on Wednesday when a fire engulfed a 24-storey building. More than 74 people were injured and some residents were trapped inside the burning tower.

Police confirmed Wednesday that six people died but they expect to toll to rise after a complex recovery operation that will last days.

One resident of the building, identified only as Zoe, told the BBC that she was woken up when a neighbor banged on her apartment door.

"In light of these tragic events, we will now be going door to door in all of our tower blocks to provide reassurance to our residents and remind them of the fire protection and safety arrangements for each individual block created to keep them safe".

Forty fire engines and more than 200 firefighters battled the blaze at the Grenfell Tower in north Kensington, which is believed to have broken out at around 1am before spreading rapidly.

One side of the building was totally blackened, with heavy smoke billowing into the air.

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Witnesses have described residents in the tower block going to extreme lengths to escape the blaze, including fashioning makeshift ropes out of bedsheets, or even trying to make parachutes out of bin bags.

He said part of the building appeared to be "completely burned away".

"The amount of kit this job has absorbed from the London Fire Brigade is unbelievable, it's like a war zone there".

Authorities said they were still monitoring the stability of the structure, but firefighters had managed to enter the building and had checked as many as 20 floors for remaining people.

And BBC Radio broadcaster Fearne Cotton tweeted her support for the residents posting: "Praying for all those involved in the west London fire today".

The tower block is in west London, near Latimer Road tube station in the W11 postcode of the capital.

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Edward Daffarn, a 55-year-old who lived on the building's 16th floor, said the fire alarm didn't ring.

The cause of the fire was not known at this stage, the fire brigade said.

The fire nearly entirely engulfed Grenfell Tower in the North Kensington area from the second story up to the 24th, with flames lashing up the sides of the charred building and smoke billowing over the city.

A number of drop off points have also been set up around London to donate much needed supplies to the survivors - many of whom escaped the fire with only the clothes on their back.

"All our warnings fell on deaf ears and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable and just a matter of time", the group said following the inferno.

She added: "There was a another woman screaming, 'My baby, my baby, I need to get out, I need to save my baby.' But we were just looking up".

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