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London fire: Lives claimed at Grenfell Tower (Photos)


There have been a "number of fatalities" after a huge fire raged through the night at a west London tower block, London Fire Brigade says.
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Firefighters are still tackling the blaze at Grenfell Tower in north Kensington, where eyewitnesses reported seeing people trapped inside. Thirty people are being treated in hospital, says London Ambulance.


The whole 24-storey block had been alight and there were fears the building might collapse. Eyewitnesses said they saw lights - thought to be mobile phones or torches - flashing at the top of the block of flats, and trapped residents coming to their windows.

Paul Munakr, who lives on the seventh floor, managed to escape. "As I was going down the stairs, there were firefighters, truly amazing firefighters that were actually going upstairs, to the fire, trying to get as many people out the building as possible," he told the BBC.

He said he was alerted to the fire not by fire alarms but by people on the street below, shouting "don't jump, don't jump". "Now, honestly I don't know for certain if people jumped off the building to get away from the fire, but the main thing for me with this incident is the fact that the fire alarms didn't go off in the building," he said.

Eyewitness Jody Martin said: "I watched one person falling out, I watched another woman holding her baby out the window...hearing screams. I was yelling at everyone to get down and they were saying 'We can't leave our apartments, the smoke is too bad on the corridors.'"
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