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Six killed as huge fire engulfs residential tower in London




 In one of the worst fire in the UK in nearly three decades, a massive blaze today engulfed a 24-storey residential tower block in west London killing at least six persons and injuring 74 others.

The fire at Grenfell Tower on the Lancaster West Estate in Latimer Road was reported at 01:16 local time. About 600 people are believed to have been inside the tower's 120 flats when the blaze ripped through the building.

      Around 200 firefighters, 40 fire trucks and 20 ambulance crews were at the scene at the height of the blaze.

      The firefighters are still on the scene tackling the burning block and a structural engineer is on the site to ensure the building is structurally sound.

      The National Health Service said a total of 74 people are being treated in hospital with 20 of those critically injured.

      Officials said the block had just undergone a 10.3 million pound refurbishment.

      Firefighters rescued "large numbers", but London Mayor Sadiq Khan said "a lot" of people were unaccounted for.

      Eyewitnesses reported seeing people trapped inside the burning building screaming for help and shouting for their children to be saved. People screamed for help as the fire took hold of the building. Some residents were seen using bedsheets to make their escape from the tower block.

      The fire is thought to have started because of a faulty refrigerator on the 3rd or 4th floor soon after midnight and destroyed flat after flat.






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