At least 30 people were injured in a fire that swept through a 27-story building in London early Wednesday, emergency services said.
“We can confirm that we have 30 patients in five hospitals in London after the incident,” said Stuart Crichton, deputy director of operations at the London Ambulance Service, adding that more than 20 ambulance crews and a ‘dangerous’ interference the place.
Authorities say ambulance crews remain on the scene as firefighters continue to fight the fire, and it is unclear whether people are trapped inside. Hours after the fire the trigger, a column of smoke can be seen from miles away.
The fire started about 1 hour from London and spread quickly into the building. More than 20 ambulance teams were on the ground, and 200 firefighters and 45 firefighters.
Four hours after giving the alarm, the flames could still be seen in several blackened residential building floors, which were wrapped in a thick cloud of black smoke.
Large pieces of debris could be seen falling from the Grenfell Tower, a 1970 block in the work area of North Kensington, an elegant short Notting Hill.
Frantic families in the area tried to call their relatives, fearing they are trapped inside and are led by police at a nearby restaurant, where some of the injured were treated.
The fire department said 40 firefighters and 200 firefighters were called to the flame Grenfell Tower, which has 120 apartments.
The ambulance service said it had sent more than 20 ambulance crews on the scene. “The fire is on the second floor of a 27-story building,” he told firefighters on Twitter.
Firefighters at the scene said they had been able to evacuate residents of the 11th floor.
Police also erase nearby buildings due to fear of falling debris and arrest of a section of the A40 motorway, a route normally occupied in London. A London subway line passing in the area near the Latimer Road station was also closed.
“Firefighters using a breathing apparatus are working very hard in very difficult conditions to deal with the fire,” said Deputy Commissioner for the London bombings, Dan Daly. “This is an important and very serious incident and we have deployed many specialized resources and equipment.”
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, also said that a “major incident.”
Actor Tim Downie, who lives nearby, said, “It’s horrible.” The whole building is wrapped in flames, and it’s only a matter of time before the building collapsed.
Police said in a statement that they were called at 1:16 am “reports of a large fire in a block of flats at Lancaster West Estate.”
Local residents have warned a year ago about the potential fire hazard caused by the accumulation of waste in improvements.
“This issue is of particular interest because there is only one entry and exit at Grenfell Tower during the improvement work,” read a blog post by the Grenfell Action Group.
“The potential of a fire in the common area on the bridge can not stand the idea that residents would be trapped in the building without going outside,” he said.