Firefighters battling massive blaze in London high-rise

Firefighters battling massive blaze in London high-rise

Evacuations are underway after a massive fire engulfed a 27-story apartment block in West London.

It was first reported about 1.15am Wednesday local time, when many residents would have been asleep in their beds.

“Fire is from 2nd to top floor of 27 storey building”, the fire service said on Twitter. People who live nearby were evacuated, some carrying pets in their arms as they left.

He said: “It’s horrendous”. He said he heard sirens, helicopters and shouting and then saw the building engulfed in flames.

“I’ve gone around, 360, every street that you could possibly go and I can’t see any survivors, I can’t see anyone being treated by ambulance”.

Earlier, Foster said the talks were going well: ‘We hope soon to be able to bring this work to a successful conclusion’. The fire accident took place in Latimer Road’s Grenfell Tower located in White City district. He told the BBC: “I grabbed an axe from the fire truck, it looked like there was a bit of confusion about what to do”.

Kayo Mnemimeh saw lights flickering at the top of the building and thought it was a signal from residents.

Another witness named as Jody Martin told the BBC that he battled his way his way to the second floor only to encounter choking smoke.

“I watched one person falling out, I watched another woman holding her baby out the window… hearing screams, I was yelling everyone to get down and they were saying “We can’t leave our apartments, the smoke is too bad on the corridors”, he said. Nick Paget-Brown described the blaze as a “very, very severe fire”. “A lot of people said ‘Help, help, help.’ The fire brigade could only help downstairs”.

“Several hundred would have been in there”, said Paget-Brown, who had toured the building in May after a multimillion-dollar renovation.

Ms Thomas said a man next to her was on the phone and trying to help someone het out of the inferno, “talking them through step by step”. I’m really not in any position to answer any questions about the structure.

The smoke was getting thicker by the second and she and other residents were being pushed back as the cordon was increased. “Also, the new front doors for each flat can withstand a fire for up to 30 minutes, which gives plenty of time for the fire brigade to arrive”. The cause of the fire was not known at this stage, London Fire Brigade said. “I’m 100 meters away and I’m absolutely covered in ash”, he continued.

He said firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were working extremely hard in very difficult conditions to tackle the fire.

London Ambulance said “a number or resources” had been sent to the area, including specialists for hazardous environments.