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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Grenfell Tower Fire in London - Fire Engulfs 27-storey tower block in Notting Hill,London Wednesday June 14,2017

  • At least six people have died, 74 are in six London hospitals including 20 in a critical condition after Grenfell Tower blaze started at 1am 

  • Residents were trapped "screaming for their lives" as flames raged through a 27-storey tower block in Notting Hill in the early hours today
  • Police would not confirm how many people are unaccounted for because the building is still on fire 12 hours after it started (pictured at 1pm today)

  • Dozens more are feared dead or missing with one source claiming total could run into the hundreds

  • In this image taken by eyewitness Gurbuz Binici, a huge fire engulfs the 27-storey Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road, White City

  • Trapped residents begged to be rescued while waving white towels, torches and mobile phones only to be engulfed

  • Petrified residents were seen throwing themselves and their children out of windows - a baby tossed from the '9th or tenth floor' was caught and survived

  • Several people have been confirmed dead after a huge inferno broke out at a residential tower block in West London (shown)

  • 200 firefighters needed to tackle 'unprecedented' blaze - residents claim that fire alarms didn't work, sprinklers failed and only stairwell used as exit was blocked

  • Natalie Oxford took this photo early this morning

  • Residents gave repeated warnings about 'appalling' fire safety to landlord Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO), whose four bosses earned £650,000 between them last year 

  • Firefighters have been battling the blaze for several hours and while the flames are slwoly being brought under control, there are fears the tower could collapse

  • New plastic rain-proof cladding encasing the building in £10million refurbishment 'went up like a match' and helped fire spread quickly from fourth floor to 27th floor - although the contractor insists it was safe

  • Six people are known to have died after fire engulfed Grenfell Tower in White City at 1am today but Scotland Yard says the death toll is expected to rise significantly

  • Local community including celebrities bring food and clothes to crisis centres while others offer the now-homeless places to stay

  • Police have said it is not possible to confirm how many people are unaccounted for because the building is still on fire more than 12 hours after it started. 

  • How the Grenfell tower block disaster unfolded

    12.30am: Residents report smelling burning plastic
    12.54am: London Fire Brigade receive the first call
    1am: First fire engines arrive at the scene in Grenfell Tower
    1.16am: Police are called to attend the fire
    3am: Some residents remain trapped inside with torches still being shone from windows - the sign the emergency services asked trapped residents to give
    8am: Fire brigade admit there have been some fatalities
    8.30am: First indication that the fire was started by a faulty fridge
    9.30am: Structural engineers attend the site and state it is currently considered safe
    10.35am: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan gives a press conference promising to 'ask questions' about what happened in the fire
    11.30am: Scotland Yard confirms that six are dead - and the death toll will rise

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