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London fire: Images show charred horror of aftermath of Grenfell Tower inferno

Authorities released images of the aftermath of the horrific Grenfell Tower blaze showing the charred remains of the gutted apartment building as the death toll in the London fire nears 80.

Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a public inquiry into what caused the apartment that once housed nearly 600 people in 120 units, to go up into flames.

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The Guardian -
Painstaking search for Grenfell Tower fire victims continues

The names of more victims of the Grenfell Tower fire are expected to be released on Monday as the painstaking process of sifting through charred debris to find missing people continues.

Search teams from London fire brigade have reached the top floor of the 24-storey building but their efforts have been slowed by concerns over the stability of the burnt-out structure. The latest death toll, according to the police, is 79, although five people previously thought to have perished have been discovered alive.


Fox News -
London fire: Police release images of devastating tower inferno

Authorities in London on Sunday released three photos from inside the charred apartment building, which show in close detail how the fire devastated the 24-story building that once housed 600 people.

One photo shows a burnt-out elevator on an undisclosed floor of the Grenfell Tower that was ravaged in Wednesday’s inferno, while another shows an apartment reduced to rubble and white ash. London fire officials confirmed Monday that 79 people are confirmed dead or presumed dead in the blaze and authorities fear the death toll will rise further.


New York Times -
Death Toll From Grenfell Tower Fire in London Rises to 79

The toll from the Grenfell Tower fire rose to 79 confirmed or presumed dead on Monday, as the British government vowed to expedite an inquiry into the causes of London’s worst building fire in decades.

Grenfell Tower, now a charred ruin, stands in one of London’s wealthiest boroughs, but it had been home to a diverse group of largely lower-income residents, many of them from countries such as Eritrea, Sudan and Syria.


BBC -
Grenfell Tower fire: Seventy-nine people feared dead

The police investigation will be "wide ranging", according to the Met, looking at the construction of the building, the recent refurbishment, how it was managed and maintained, and fire safety measures. "I would like to reassure everybody that we will be looking at all criminal offences that might have been committed by any individual or any organisation," said Cdr Cundy.

Council leader Nicholas Paget-Brown said he understood residents' anger and that the authority itself wanted to know why the fire had started and spread so quickly - but it was too big for one council to handle alone.

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Monday 11:43 GMT

CBS News -
Almost 80 dead or missing in London high-rise tragedy

"When the truth comes out about this tragedy, we may find that there is blood on the hands of a number of organizations," Lammy said.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Sunday after attending a church service several blocks from the tower that the fatal blaze was entirely preventable. He said displaced residents are "angry not simply at the poor response in the days afterwards from the council and the government, but the years of neglect from the council and successive governments."


The Guardian -
Grenfell Tower fire: police raise death toll to 79

Commander Stuart Cundy of the Metropolitan police said: “Over the last 48 hours a huge amount of effort has been undertaken by our investigators to understand as completely as we possibly can just how many people are missing who were in Grenfell Tower that night.

Residents are being given £500 in cash followed by a bank payment for the rest from Monday, with the money coming from the £5m fund announced by Theresa May on Friday.


New York Times -
U.K. Government Takes Control of London Fire Response Amid Criticism

Chastened by a wave of public indignation, the British government on Sunday took direct control of the response to a deadly apartment tower fire in London, sidelining local officials whose response has been criticized as slow and disorganized.

The fire, which turned the 24-story Grenfell Tower into a block of ash on Wednesday, has become a political crisis for Prime Minister Theresa May, whose Conservative Party lost its majority in Parliament in an election six days before the fire.


Global News -
Death toll in London tower block blaze to rise

Britain’s government said it would act on recommendations from a probe into the London tower block fire, responding to a disaster critics said showed something had gone “badly wrong” in the country.

“In the wake of (the) Grenfell fire we have to recognise that something has gone badly, badly wrong in this country, that predominantly poor people die in a towering inferno because possibly in the long term (there had been a) lack of public investment,” Corbyn told ITV’s Peston on Sunday programme.


CBS News -
UK: Cladding used on London's Grenfell Tower may have been banned

The new exterior cladding used in a renovation on London's Grenfell Tower may have been banned under U.K. building regulations, two British ministers said Sunday as police continued their criminal investigation into the inferno that killed at least 58 people.

Experts believe the exterior cladding, which contained insulation, helped spread the flames quickly up the outside of the public housing tower early Wednesday morning.


Global News -
Banned building materials helped flames to spread quickly in London fire

The new exterior cladding used in a renovation on London’s Grenfell Tower may have been banned under U.K. building regulations, two British ministers said Sunday as police continued their investigation into the inferno that killed at least 58 people.

Experts believe the exterior cladding, which contained insulation, helped spread the flames quickly up the outside of the public housing tower early Wednesday morning.


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Sunday 15:24 GMT
BBC -
London fire: Tragedy caused by years of neglect - Khan

The Grenfell Tower fire was a "preventable accident" caused by "years of neglect" by the local council and successive governments, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said. Speaking after attending a local church service in memory of the victims, he said the fire was "a national disaster that requires a national response".

Mr Khan said: "People are angry, not simply at the poor response in the days afterwards from the council and the government, but at the years of neglect from the council. "There's a feeling that the council and government don't understand their concerns and don't care."


The Guardian -
Cladding on Grenfell Tower banned in UK, says Philip Hammond

The cladding used on Grenfell Tower, which has been widely blamed for spreading the blaze, is banned in the UK, Philip Hammond has said.

Hammond said he believed that the cladding used on the Grenfell Tower refurbishment, containing flammable polyethylene, was banned for a building of that height. He said it would be up to the inquiry to determine whether the regulations were properly drafted, and whether they were correctly enforced in this case.


NBC News -
U.K. to help Syrian family of London fire victim come to Britain

U.K. officials have pledged to help the Syrian family of the first officially named victim of the London tower block fire to come to Britain and pay their respects.

The government department of the Home Office said Sunday that they were making arrangements for the family of Syrian refugee Mohammed Al Haj Ali to travel to the U.K. “in these terribly sad circumstances.” The 23-year-old engineering student, who fled war-torn Syria to seek a better life in London, is the only victim of the Grenfell Tower blaze to be formally identified by the authorities so far.


Fox News -
UK government scrambles to limit fallout from London fire

 The British government on Sunday is scrambling to contain political fallout from the London high-rise inferno that has claimed at least 58 lives.

The 23-year-old Alhajali is the only victim of the Grenfell Tower fire to be officially named as the difficult process of identifying human remains continues. His family said in a statement that Alhajali "came to the U.K. because he had ambitions and aims for his life and for his family."


BBC -
London fire: Tower fire questions 'will be answered'

Questions about how Kensington's fatal tower block fire spread so quickly through the building "will be answered", the council leader has said. Nicholas Paget-Brown said he would co-operate "in full" with the government's inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster and any other investigations, amid criticism of the council.

"Of course, people rightly have questions about the causes of the fire and why it spread so quickly and these will be answered." On Saturday Theresa May admitted support for families in the "initial hours" was "not good enough".


LA Times -
Residents lash out at officials over response before and after London apartment tower fire

Although there is no implication that the fire department was understaffed or ill-equipped in the early hours of Wednesday morning, the Grenfell Tower fire has also sparked questions about cuts to London fire departments under then-London Mayor Boris Johnson, who is now the foreign secretary.

Islamic State claims responsibility for fatal stabbing of police officer in Jerusalem. 3:55 p.m.: This article was updated to add Prime Minister Theresa May’s announcement of a $6.4-million fund to help victims of the fire.


The Guardian -
Grenfell Tower: the chronicle of a tragedy foretold

The tragedy has raised fears about safety at the rest of the UK’s 4,000 or so tower blocks and, in particular, the 87 that are clad with similar materials to Grenfell Tower.

A fire last April at another property managed by KCTMO, the 31-storey Trellick Tower, suggests there was something catastrophically different about the design of Grenfell Tower. According to the council’s minutes, the Trellick fire “did not spread and was contained within... indicating that the levels of compartmentation – both between neighbouring flats and also between the flat and the communal areas – are of the required level”.


BBC -
London fire: 58 missing, presumed dead - police

A total of 58 people are dead or missing, presumed dead following the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in west London, police have said.

The latest police update comes as the Queen reflected on the "sombre national mood" following tragedies in London and Manchester in recent weeks in her official birthday message. In an unprecedented statement, the Queen said she had been "profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need".


Fox News -
UK police: 58 dead and presumed dead in London blaze

 Fifty-eight people who were in Grenfell Tower are still missing and are presumed to be dead, London police announced Saturday, raising the death toll in the horrific inferno that turned the public housing block into a charred hulk.

Cundy said police will investigate the tower's refurbishment project, which experts believe may have left the building more vulnerable to a catastrophic blaze. British Prime Minister Theresa May, facing criticism for the government's handling of the disaster, met Saturday with a small group of fire survivors invited to her official residence at 10 Downing Street.


Global News -
Death toll rises to 58 in London fire, number could still increase: police

At least 58 people were likely killed in a fire which engulfed a London tower block earlier this week, police said on Saturday.

WATCH: Minute’s silence for London fire victims at Trooping the Colour in London. Opponents said May’s handling of the fire has thrust her position further into doubt by showing a failure to feel the public mood and act decisively. After a tumultuous week that pitched Britain into its deepest political crisis since the Brexit referendum a year ago, May’s future was already uncertain due to her failed gamble on a snap election.


Global News -
Queen Elizabeth pays homage to London fire victims in minute of silence

A solemn Queen Elizabeth II marked a minute of silence Saturday for victims of the London high-rise inferno that killed at least 30 people as exhausted firefighters continued their grim search for more bodies.

The queen marked her official birthday Saturday by saying Britain remains “resolute in the face of adversity” after the horrendous fire and recent extremist attacks in London and Manchester. The 91-year-old monarch said it is “difficult to escape a very somber mood” on what is normally a day of celebration.


Fox News -
London fire: UK royals honor victims as anger mounts

 A solemn Queen Elizabeth II marked a minute of silence Saturday for victims of the London high-rise inferno that killed at least 30 people as exhausted firefighters continued their grim search for more bodies.

The queen marked her official birthday Saturday by saying Britain remains "resolute in the face of adversity" after the horrendous fire and recent extremist attacks in London and Manchester. The 91-year-old monarch said it is "difficult to escape a very somber mood" on what is normally a day of celebration.


The Guardian -
Protests at Grenfell fire response to continue as anger mounts

Protests are expected to continue on Saturday over the government’s response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy that killed at least 30 people, as police say the death toll is likely to rise.

Contractors told the Guardian that panels used to clad Grenfell Tower were the cheaper, more flammable version of two available options.


BBC -
London fire: Queen reflects on 'sombre national mood'

The Queen has said it is "difficult to escape a very sombre national mood" following tragedies in London and Manchester. The monarch said the UK had "witnessed a succession of terrible tragedies" in recent weeks.

In her message the Queen added: "During recent visits in Manchester and London, I have been profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need." She added: "United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear of favour, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss."


Global News -
London Fire: British PM Theresa May rushed away by police as protesters scream ‘coward’

British Prime Minister Theresa May was rushed away under heavy police guard on Friday as protesters shouted “Shame on you” after she met residents who live near a tower block in London where at least 30 people died in a fire.

May, who on Thursday met emergency services at the fire site but did not meet locals, visited residents, volunteers and community leaders at a nearby church on Friday and was rushed away afterwards by police as an angry crowd outside shouted “Coward” and “You’re not wanted”.


CBS News -
Protests in London erupt at town hall over high-rise fire

Anger following the London high-rise rise fire that killed at least 30 people boiled over Friday with protests erupting in at least two places in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Friday sent an open letter to May, demanding that she explain how she will support the community following the deadly fire. Khan said that residents were increasingly angry, distraught and frustrated because the government and local authorities had not done enough to help them or to answer questions about dead or missing loved ones.


Reuters -
Missing: The desperate hunt for lost relatives after London tower block fire

At least 30 people died after a blaze took hold in the early hours of Wednesday and engulfed the tower block in west London which housed some 600 residents in more than 120 apartments.

I'm like, God help these people," said Choucair, 42, who had lived with her family in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower for just over a year.


Global News -
Queen and Prince William visit Grenfell Tower survivors

The Queen and Prince William were greeted with applause when they visited a relief centre in West London to meet with the survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy this morning.

According to the BBC, the Queen and William visited the Westway Centre in White City to meet with local residents, the Emergency Services and community representatives, where survivors are currently staying and volunteers are helping sort clothes donated to victims.


Washington Post -
London fire toll reaches 30 dead amid warnings the count could still rise

The death toll in the London fire disaster rose to 30 on Friday as relatives and friends expanded frantic searches for missing loved ones amid warnings that the full extent of the tragedy still remains to be tallied.

Cundy said that there was no indication that Wednesday’s fire was started deliberately, but investigators were still studying why the flames races so quickly through the 24-story building in west London.


Global News -
London fire: Death toll rises to 30 in Grenfell Tower blaze

Under mounting pressure after a botched election and facing criticism for not meeting victims of a London tower block blaze sooner, British Prime Minister Theresa May visited the injured in hospital on Friday as the death toll rose to 30.

May failed to win an outright majority in the June snap election and is now battling to strike a deal with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party to support her government.


BBC -
Simon Cowell to record Grenfell Tower charity single

"We hope to confirm a record tomorrow which will raise some money for the many people affected by this tragedy," the pop impresario wrote on Thursday. Cowell, who lives in the same London borough as the now burnt-out tower, called the blaze "heartbreaking".

Mariah Carey, Kylie Minogue and Sir Rod Stewart were among the stars who appeared on the 2010 version of REM's Everybody Hurts. It has also been announced that a special "Night of Comedy" will be held at the Hammersmith Apollo in aid of people affected by the fire.


BBC -
London fire: Tower victims 'may never be identified'

Police have warned they may never be able to identify all of the people who died in the fire that engulfed a west London block of flats.

The leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council - which owns the tower block - told BBC Two's Newsnight that the authority would not use the type of cladding fitted to Grenfell Tower in other buildings in the borough. The cladding - installed on the tower in a recent renovation - has come under scrutiny, with experts saying a more fire resistant type could have been used.


New York Times -
Syrian Refugee Is Among Victims of London Fire

“When the fire reached his flat on the 14th floor,” the statement added, “Mohammed bid his friend goodbye, saying that the fire had reached him. He asked his friend to pass on the message to his family.”

By Thursday afternoon, the police had confirmed 17 fatalities, but had only recovered six bodies from the building’s charred remains.


Fox News -
London high-rise fire: May orders public investigation as death toll rises to 17

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday ordered a full public investigation into the London high-rise fire that killed at least 17 people, a toll that was likely to rise.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation, but a tenants' group had complained for years about the risk of a fire.


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Article Sentiment Score: Highly Negative (-2.92)
15-Jun-2017
BBC -
London fire: Prime minister orders full public inquiry

Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the fire that engulfed a west London block of flats, killing at least 17 people.

Prime Minister Theresa May made a brief private visit to the scene on Thursday, as questions were being asked about the speed at which the fire spread. More than 30 people remain in hospital - 17 of whom are in a critical condition.


NBC News -
How did London high-rise become a concrete coffin?

The high-rise apartment block in London that went up in flames Wednesday recently had an $11-million upgrade, triggering questions about how it became a blazing concrete coffin.

Matthew Needham-Laing, a litigation lawyer and expert in construction, said video showing the fast-moving fire was reminiscent of footage of recent blazes in Dubai where high-rise buildings were "engulfed in flames due to the cladding igniting." "If the fire manages to break out and get into the cladding it melts the external metal, which is often no thicker than tinfoil, gets hold of the insulation material in the middle, and that ignites and starts to burn," Needham-Laing told the BBC.


BBC -
London fire: Grenfell Tower cladding 'linked to other fires'

The cladding installed on Grenfell Tower was used on other buildings that have been hit by fires around the world, the BBC has learned.

Harley Facades, the company that fitted the panels to the building, said in a statement: "At this time, we are not aware of any link between the fire and the exterior cladding to the tower." The exterior of the 1970s-built tower was modernised with replacement windows, while additional homes were added using vacant space in the building.


Washington Post -
London Inferno: It would be an ‘absolute miracle for anyone to be left alive’

Firefighters combing through the wreckage of a west London tower block don’t expect to find any more survivors, officials said Thursday.

Speaking near the scene of the fire, she told Sky News that the “the severity and the heat of the fire will mean it will be an absolute miracle for anyone to be left alive.” The number of people that are still missing is “unknown,” she said, suggesting that a thorough search of the charred building could take weeks.


BBC -
London fire: Crews work through night at tower block

Firefighters have worked through the night to dampen the deadly fire at a west London block of flats that killed 12 people and left many more missing.

Following the Lakanal House fire in south London in 2009, in which six people died, the coroner recommended the guidance relating to fire safety within the Building Regulations was simplified. The government also wrote to councils encouraging them to consider retro-fitting sprinklers, as recommended by the coroner, a statement said.


New York Times -
The London Fire: What We Know

A fire tore through a 24-story West London apartment building early Wednesday, killing at least six people and injuring more than 70.

Grenfell Tower is owned by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, one of 32 boroughs that make up Greater London, along with the City, London’s financial district. Commissioner Cotton said that a structural engineer had been dispatched to assess whether the tower could collapse, but firefighters were likely to remain there for 24 hours.


BBC -
London fire: Twelve dead in Grenfell Tower blaze

Twelve people have died in a west London tower block fire and the number of deaths are expected to rise, police have said.

London Fire Brigade Assistant Commissioner, Steve Apter, said there were "still pockets of fire yet to be extinguished in places particularly difficult to reach" but "almost all" of the building had been searched. The service was using drones to help assess the integrity of the building, so the fire service could plan its next steps, he said.


Fox News -
London building fire: High-rise apartment engulfed in flames, at least 6 people killed

A deadly overnight fire engulfed a 24-story London apartment tower Wednesday killing at least six people and injuring more than 74 others, police said.

Fire Brigades Union spokesperson Matt Wrack said something had apparently gone wrong with the building's fire prevention measures. Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton told reporters: “In my 29 years of being a firefighter I have never, ever seen anything of this scale.”


Reuters -
Fire engulfs London apartment block, at least six dead, more than 70 injured

More than 200 firefighters, backed up by 40 fire engines, fought for hours to try to bring the blaze, one of the biggest seen in central London in memory, under control.

"In my 29 years of being a fire fighter, I have never ever seen anything of this scale," London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton told reporters. Tamara, one witness, told the BBC: "There's people, like, throwing their kids out: 'Just save my children, just save my children!'".


BBC -
London fire: What we know so far about Grenfell Tower

Six people have died and 20 people are in critical care after a huge fire engulfed a west London tower block on Tuesday night.

The tower block was given a medium fire risk rating - defined as a normal fire risk - in 2016 following completion of the refurbishment by the London Fire Brigade (LFB) and Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council. Kensington and Chelsea council insists the block has been regularly inspected, but the London Mayor said safety and maintenance issues would have to be looked at.


BBC -
London tower block fire: In pictures

A huge fire has engulfed a tower block in west London, having broken out in the early hours of Wednesday, leaving several people dead.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said the first fire engine was at the tower block within six minutes and describes the London Fire Brigade as the "best fire service in the world". The BBC's Wyre Davis, at the scene, reports that the fire has taken hold again "with a vengeance right in the middle of the tower block".


CBS News -
London high-rise had history of fire safety complaints

The London apartment building that was engulfed in a deadly blaze early Wednesday has been the subject of resident complaints over fire safety for years.

"The Fire Brigade has asked us to reinforce the message that, if there is a fire which is not inside your own home, you are generally safest to stay put in your home to begin with; the Fire Brigade will arrive very quickly if a fire is reported," the newsletter said. "The only reason you should leave your home is if the fire is inside your home...


CBS News -
Fire in London high-rise leaves "a number" dead

LONDON -- A massive fire raced through a high-rise apartment building in West London early Wednesday, leaving an unknown number of people dead and dozens more hospitalized.

The London Fire Brigade said 45 fire engines and 200 firefighters were called to the scene and Assistant Fire Commissioner Dan Daly said it was a large and very serious incident. "Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are working extremely hard in very difficult conditions to tackle this fire," he said in a post on the brigade's Facebook page.


Washington Post -
London high-rise fire like ‘horror movie,’ leaving many dead and dozens injured

A number of people were killed, at least 50 injured and many others missing on Wednesday as a fire ripped through a high-rise apartment building in west London.

The fire, which was believed to have begun on one of the lower floors of the 120-unit, public-housing building, was still burning as of 9 a.m. in London, some eight hours after it began. Many rushed into the building wearing breathing tanks, searching floor by floor for survivors even amid concerns that the structure could collapse.


Wall Street Jurnal -
Deaths confirmed after massive fire engulfs 24-story apartment tower in London

A number of people have been killed in a massive blaze that engulfed a 24-story apartment building in west London early Wednesday.

“Across London we have many, many tower blocks and what we can’t have is a situation where people’s safety is put at risk because of bad advice being given or, if it is the case, as has been alleged, of tower blocks not being properly serviced or maintained,” Khan said, according to Sky News.


ABC News -
Massive fire engulfs London high-rise, leaving 'a number of fatalities'

A massive fire engulfed a residential high-rise building in London on Wednesday, leaving scores injured and an undetermined amount of people dead.

The London Fire Brigade dispatched at least 40 fire engines, 20 ambulance crews and 200 firefighters in an effort to battle the conflagration at the 24-story Grenfell Tower in West London. A representative for the London Fire Brigade said there had been "a number of fatalities," but declined to say how many people had died.


NBC News -
Deaths confirmed, 50 hurt after blaze at London apartment block

Deaths were confirmed early Wednesday and at least 50 people were injured when a blaze ripped through a high-rise apartment block in the British capital as residents slept.

The apartment block was refurbished as part of a $12.8 million upgrade project last year but residents had complained of fire safety standards — warning that only a serious blaze would make authorities listen. In a newsletter distributed by Grenfell Tower's managers in May 2016 advised that "you are generally safest to stay put in your home to begin with; the fire brigade will arrive very quickly if a fire is reported.”


CBS News -
Massive blaze consumes 27-floor London high-rise

LONDON -- Firefighters battled a massive fire in a 27-floor high-rise apartment building in west London for several hours Wednesday.

The Reuters news agency quotes the London Ambulance Service as saying, "We can confirm that we have taken 30 patients to five hospitals." LONDON -- Firefighters battled a massive fire in a 27-floor high-rise apartment building in west London for several hours Wednesday.


Global News -
Fire in London turns apartment building into towering inferno

Firefighters battled a massive fire in a 27-floor high-rise apartment building in west London for several hours Wednesday.

The London Fire Brigade said 45 fire engines and 200 firefighters were called to the scene and Assistant Fire Commissioner Dan Daly said it was a large and very serious incident. “Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are working extremely hard in very difficult conditions to tackle this fire,” he said in a post on the brigade’s Facebook page.


Washington Post -
The Latest: Ambulances sent to London fire scene

The London Ambulance Service said it has sent 20 ambulance crews to respond to a London apartment building fire Wednesday morning.

Assistant Commissioner Dan Daly says on the London Fire Brigade’s Facebook page that it’s a large and very serious fire. He says firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are working extremely hard in very difficult conditions to tackle the fire.


BBC -
Fire engulfs Grenfell tower block in west London

A huge fire has engulfed a tower block in Latimer Road, west London, with eyewitnesses claiming people are trapped in their homes.

Forty fire engines have been sent to the tower, and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said a "major incident" had been declared. London Underground said the Hammersmith and City and Circle lines have been closed between Edgware Road and Hammersmith because of the fire.


New York Times -
Fire Engulfs Apartment Tower in London

More than 200 firefighters from all over London were struggling to contain a major fire at a tall apartment block in the west of the city early Wednesday, with fears that people are trapped inside the burning building.

According to the London Fire Brigade and the Metropolitan Police, the fire broke out around 1:16 a.m. and quickly engulfed a high-rise apartment building called Grenfell Tower in North Kensington.



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