Huge fire engulfs London tower block, 30 people injured

By 11 a.m. ET, the fire had been contained but the building continued to smolder.

More than 200 people live in the tower, but it was not clear how many people were inside.

The group said there was one entry and exit to Grenfell Tower during improvement works at the block in Latimer Road and it had issues with evacuation procedures at the building. "And I have seen people jump".

Firefighters rescued a total of 65 people from the apartment building after they were called about the fire at about 1 am on Wednesday.

A Grenfell Tower resident who wrote a blog post warning that it would take a "catastrophic fire" for the building's landlord to take notice of safety concerns has told BuzzFeed News how he nearly died when the tower block was engulfed in flames in the early hours of Wednesday.

The damaged remains of a fire at Grenfell Tower, a 24-storey apartment block in North Kensington, London, Britain.

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An enormous fire ravaged an apartment block in London, killing at least 12 residents, hospitalising dozens and displacing hundreds more.

The Grenfell Action Group said it had "posted numerous warnings in recent years about the very poor fire safety standards at Grenfell Tower and elsewhere in RBKC", referring to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the local authority which owns the tower.

He said the fire service was "dealing with a rapidly changing situation and these (casualty) numbers are likely to rise". Others said they could see people inside using flashlights and mobile phones to try to signal for help from higher floors. "This is a major fire that's affected all floors of the 24-story structure from the second floor upwards".

Samira Lamrani, who lives next to Grenfell Tower, told the Press Association that she watched a woman throw her baby from a window to a man on the ground.

The London Fire Brigade received the first reports of the fire at 12.54am and the first engines arrived within six minutes, Ms Cotton said. I don't know what they spent £10m on, but the lifts in this block, and all the blocks around, cost £60, ooo to fix and they've still never replaced them. Relatives said two sisters, Mirna, Fatima and Zainnb, along with two other family members had been in the building and had not been heard from. Ruks Mamudu, who escaped her first-floor apartment in her pyjamas, realizes not everyone was so fortunate. Daffarn said residents had complained for years to Kensington and Chelsea Council about the building's safety, to no avail.

Some residents said the official advice was that people should stay inside in the event of a fire.

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"Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are working extremely hard in very difficult conditions to tackle this fire", London Fire Brigade Assistant Commissioner Dan Daly said. "They say you're supposed to put a towel under the door and wait for rescue but I wasn't going to hang around".

Witnesses reported seeing a baby thrown out a window to safety to avoid the horror inside.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said questions will need to be answered over the safety of tower blocks across the city.

So far at least 30 people have been taken to hospital, London Ambulance Service said.

"I was thinking just through this with us all alive, nothing that we have, all our belongings, were important". The group has raised concerns about testing and maintenance of firefighting equipment and blocked emergency access to the site.

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