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Fire and smoke pours from a burning 24 storey residential Grenfell Tower block in Latimer Road, West London on June 14, 2017 in London, England. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has declared the fire a major incident as more than 200 firefighters are still tackling the blaze while at least 50 people are receiving hospital treatment. Picture by: Mirrorpix/Splash (Mirrorpix/Splash)

Death Toll Climbs After 24-Story London High-Rise Catches Fire

This is so sad. At least six people are dead after a fire blazed through the 24 story Grenfell Tower in London, sending dozens more to the hospital.

Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy said the death toll was likely to increase “during what will be a complex recovery operation over a number of days.

The fire charred most of the 120-apartment Grenfell Tower, located in the city’s Kensington section, as trapped occupants cried for help and pajama-clad residents escaped at around 1:30 a.m. local time Wednesday. Black smoke creeped up the building — burning from the second to the top floor — and stretched across the city’s skyline as dawn broke.

“We saw the people screaming,” said Nassima Boutrig, who lives across the street and was awoken by emergency sirens. “A lot of people said ‘Help, help, help.’ The fire brigade could only help downstairs. It was fire up, up, up. They couldn’t stop the fire.”

A massive fire at a London high-rise apartment building killed at least six people as the blaze tore through the 24-story tower, twisting its facade and sending dozens to the hospital.

Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy said the death toll was likely to increase “during what will be a complex recovery operation over a number of days.

The fire charred most of the 120-apartment Grenfell Tower, located in the city’s Kensington section, as trapped occupants cried for help and pajama-clad residents escaped at around 1:30 a.m. local time Wednesday. Black smoke creeped up the building — burning from the second to the top floor — and stretched across the city’s skyline as dawn broke.

“We saw the people screaming,” said Nassima Boutrig, who lives across the street and was awoken by emergency sirens. “A lot of people said ‘Help, help, help.’ The fire brigade could only help downstairs. It was fire up, up, up. They couldn’t stop the fire.”

London’s Ambulance Service said it’s rushed 74 people to hospitals throughout the area, suffering from a range of problems such as smoke inhalation. Twenty of those people are in critical condition, officials said.

More than 200 firefighters and 45 fire trucks rushed to the scene, and Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said the blaze was “unprecedented.”

Residents of the tower could be heard screaming for help as they were trapped inside the tower, the Guardian reported. Photos of the scene showed people sticking themselves out of windows between pockets of smoke.

A witness told Britain’s Press Association that she saw a woman drop a baby from the “ninth or 10th floor” for a man to catch.

Resident Mickey Paramasivan was almost asleep when he smelled burning plastic, prompting him to rush out of the building still in his underwear.

“I grabbed a little girl, grabbed my girlfriend, run out of the house just in a pair of boxer shorts and a dressing gown,” Paramasivan said outside the engulfed building.

London’s Fire Brigade said Wednesday morning that the building was not at risk of collapsing, despite the visible damage, and rescue crews are safe inside the structure.

What caused the fire is still unclear.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was “devastated” by the deadly blaze and vowed to investigate what caused the chaotic situation.

“There will be a great many questions over the coming days as to the cause of this tragedy and I want to reassure Londoners that we will get all the answers,” he said in a statement.

Residents had reported troubles at the building for some time. “Grenfell Action Group,” an unofficial community blog dedicated to the building and nearby developments, warned of fire hazards at least five times as early as 2013.

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