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London tower fire: What do we know?
December 15 2017, 12:28 | Van Peters
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Fire engulfed a 24-storey housing block in central London in the early hours on Wednesday, killing at least six people and injuring at least 50 others in an inferno that trapped residents as they slept.
Firefighters rest as they take a break in battling a massive fire that raged in a high-rise apartment building in London.
More than 200 firefighters worked through the night and were still finding pockets of fire inside later in the day.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said there were "genuine questions that people across the country who live in tower blocks will have".
Collins said residents of the tower were particularly concerned about the lack of fire exits in the building.
Hospitals are treating 74 people, 20 of whom are critical and a dedicated helpline has been set up for anxious family members to contact.
Officials have confirmed a number of fatalities as well.
"I don't anticipate there will be further survivors".
George Clarke told Radio 5 Live that he was covered in ash even though he was 100 metres from the scene.
"I could see there was ash coming through the window in the living room, which was partially open", she told AFP, sitting outside a local community centre.
"I would like to assure everybody that Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service carries out regular inspections of high-rise buildings in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes, and that our crews regularly carry out training at them.
There was nowhere for my friend to escape and I haven't been able to contact her, since".
Adi Estu, 32, who was in her pyjamas and a coat, said: "I saw people flashing their lights for help, families flashing their mobile phones like a torch".
"I had a matter of seconds or I was going to die".
"This is an unprecedented incident", she said.
"My daughter's friend said she observed an adult who made some sort of homemade parachute and tried to lower himself out of the window", Lamrani said. You can see two of the residents in the picture above.
He said he saw people waving flashlights from the top levels of the building and saw rescuers "doing an incredible job" trying to get people out.
"I looked through the door and I could see the smoke in the corridor", he said.
Police were also clearing out nearby buildings because of fears about falling debris and shut down a section of the A40 highway - a normally busy thoroughfare into London.
A London Underground line passing the area near Latimer Road station was also shut down.
Turufat Yilma, who managed to escape, told CNN there was "no fire alarm at all".
Firefighters are expected to remain at the building for at least another 24 hours as they try to make the area safe.
The apartment block was built in 1974, but had recently undergone a major refurbishment, including a new heating and hot water system.
A 8.7 million pound (US$11 million) refurbishment of the block was carried out by construction company Rydon and completed in July 2016. The exterior was modernised with cladding.
Damian Collins, former head of the Grenfell Tower Residents' Association, said residents had complained to the local council over the handling of a major refurbishment of the building completed previous year.