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12 Dead 18 Critical After Fire Engulfs London Tower Block

12 Dead 18 Critical After Fire Engulfs London Tower Block

Fifty people were hospitalized and rescuers frantically worked through the morning to reach people believed still trapped in the Grenfell Tower in North Kensington. It said it had "posted numerous warnings in recent years about the very poor fire safety standards".

Edward Daffarn, a 55-year-old who lived on the building's 16th floor, said the fire alarm didn't ring. - The fire is under control, but the the building is still smoldering. - 125 families live in the building, which also has a children's nursery.

"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 in a blog post written after the fire broke out. It said the cause of the blaze would be "fully investigated".

London mayor Sadiq Khan said the fire raised questions about the safety of high-rise blocks like Grenfell Tower while the scale of the disaster could delay the announcement of a deal by Prime Minister Theresa May to stay in power. Around 200 firefighters, 40 fire trucks and 20 ambulance crews were at the scene.

"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". "Many others are receiving medical care", London Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said. He told the BBC that council buildings undergo fire inspections and safety guidance is issued to residents.

"Chunks of the building are falling off in flames", she said, adding there is a "massive" swathe of fire across the side of the building. When no one came to help, she chose to escape on her own, the woman said.

Turufat Yilma, who managed to escape, told CNN there was "no fire alarm at all".

Huge fire engulfs London tower block, 30 people injured
The group has raised concerns about testing and maintenance of firefighting equipment and blocked emergency access to the site. Daffarn said residents had complained for years to Kensington and Chelsea Council about the building's safety, to no avail.

"What we can't have is a situation where people's safety is put at risk because of bad advice being given or if it is the case, as has been alleged, of tower blocks not being properly serviced or maintained", Khan said.

"They literally just jumped ..." "We literally watched a man burn to death in his flat", she told CNN.

Tia Abrahams, who lives close to the scene, got there before the fire service.

"They were three kids, they were banging on the windows, you could see their silhouettes and then bang, it just went up". There were reports that some residents leapt out of windows to escape the flames.

Michael Paramasivan said he was watching TV in the building as his girlfriend and daughter slept when he smelled burning plastic. "I could not find the stairs". "And it was just spreading like wildfire".

The building is the Grenfell Tower in the North Kensington area.

According to property website RightMove, the average rent in the building is around $2,500 a month. The housing block, built in 1974, was recently upgraded at a cost of 8.6 million pounds ($11 million), with work finishing in May 2016, according to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

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Some bodies have been removed from the smouldering remains of the building, which contains 120 flats thought to be home to between 400 and 600 people.

He said: "There are times when all the words we can say are not adequate and sometimes words fail us because no words can do justice to how we feel, or what we have seen or what has happened".

Cladding had been added to the outside of the building, blamed by some residents for helping the fire to spread so quickly. "A lot of people said 'help, help, help.' The fire brigade could only help downstairs". Some feared the charred tower block might collapse, but a structural engineer said the building was not in danger, according to the London Fire Brigade, which added "it is safe for our crews to be in there".

"She's praying, and she's saying, "Forgive me everyone, goodbye"."

"Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are working extremely hard in very difficult conditions to tackle this fire".

"There will be a great many questions over the coming days as to the cause of this tragedy, and I want to reassure Londoners that we will get all the answers", Khan said.

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