LONDON – People died in a massive fire that raced through a high-rise apartment building in west London early on Wednesday, London’s fire commissioner said, though she could not say how many. At least 30 people were sent to hospitals.
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.
“At this time I am very sad to confirm that there have been a number of fatalities, I cannot confirm the number at this time due to the size and complexity of this building,” said Dany Cotton, Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade.
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