12 dead, dozens injured in massive London fire

LONDON – Twelve people were confirmed dead in a massive fire that raced through a high-rise apartment building in west London early on Wednesday. According to the London Ambulance Service, 74 people are being treated, with 20 in critical condition.

Flames shot from windows all the way up the side of the 24-story Grenfell Tower in North Kensington as firefighters battled the blaze, and a plume of smoke could be seen for several kilometres.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known. Residents said it appeared to start in an apartment on a lower floor and spread upward quickly.

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