Firefighters battling massive blaze in London high-rise

The burned out shell of the Grenfell Tower block seen in the daylight after an inferno at the 24-storey residential building in west London.

He said he saw people waving flashlights from the top level of the building and saw rescuers "doing an incredible job" trying to get people out. 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.

Witnesses described people leaping from Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, and of trapped children banging on windows as the blaze took hold at around 1 a.m local time.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed in a statement that a number of people have been killed in the fire.

Sprinklers in the building were reportedly not functional, and signs inside the building told residents to stay in their flats in the event of fire. Some were evacuated in their pajamas.

Flames and smoke billow as firefighters deal with a serious fire in a tower block at Latimer Road in West London, Britain June 14, 2017.

Stuart Crichton, the Ambulance Service's assistant director of operations, tabbed 100 medics at the scene, together with ambulance crews and advanced trauma teams.

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The cause of the fire - which took hold at 1am - is unknown, London Fire Brigade said.

"All our warnings fell on deaf ears and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable", the group said after the fire broke out.

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"I am very sad to confirm that there have been a number of fatalities, I can not confirm the number at this time due to the size and complexity of this building".

Grenfell Tower is a concrete block built in 1974 in the working-class area of north Kensington in west London.

In a blog post in November, it accused the Kensington and Chelsea Tenants' Management Organization (KCTMO), which manages the housing block on behalf of the local authority, of allowing "dangerous living conditions and neglect of health and safety legislation".

"The more I looked up, floor upon floor".

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"I do anticipate that the number of fatalities will sadly increase" he said, adding that he did not expect fire crews hunting through the debris to find any survivors.

Prime minister Theresa May's office said she was "deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life in the Grenfell Tower and is being kept constantly updated on the situation".

"In my 29 years of being a firefighter, I have never seen anything of this scale", she said.

Samira Lamrani told the newspaper that she saw a woman attempt to save her baby by dropping it from the 9th or 10th floor to people on the ground below.

The company which manages Grenfell Tower has responded to allegations it did not do enough to prevent the bad fire which claimed at least twelve lives. A massive fire raced through the building early Wednesday, emergency officials said.

"I was just screaming at people: "Get out, get out" and they were screaming back at me: "We can't, the corridors are full of smoke", he told BBC Radio.

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