London Towering Inferno: Several People Dead In Fire Accident
London: A massive fire engulfed a 27 storey apartment building in West London on Wednesday before dawn. While many people are killed in the mishap, several were injured.
Around 200 firefighters, backed by 40 fire engines fought against the blaze for hours. London Fire Brigade said that the flames engulfed all floors. The chief of the Brigade, Dany Cotton said there were a number of fatalities and can’t confirm the number.
“A lot of people” are still unaccounted for and fire crews only managed to reach the 12th floor at the height of the fire, Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Wednesday.
Eyewitnesses said that they saw some people fall or jump from the fire-stricken building and at least one resident waving a piece of white cloth from one of the upper floors.
Seven hours after the alarm was raised, flames could still be seen inside the charred building as a thick plume of black smoke marred the west London skyline.
“Fire is from second to top floor of 27 storey building,” the fire service said on Twitter.
Firefighters said they had managed to evacuate residents up to the 11th floor.
“We can confirm that we have taken 30 patients to five London hospitals following the incident,” said Stuart Crichton, assistant director of operations at the London Ambulance Service.
Meanwhile, the apartment which was built in 1974 had undergone a major refurbishment in 2016.