London Towering Inferno: Several People Dead In Fire Accident

The cause of the fire is still not known in the recently refurbished apartment, while 200 firefighters fought to put out the blaze for hours.

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.

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Crop in disputed village gutted

  • Farmers unwilling to part with lands targeted
  • TDP blames farmers, YSRCP for mystery fire
  • Naidu orders probe

Hyderabad, December 29: Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu today expressed concern over the fire incident in some areas in Guntur district, which were part of the land to develop and construct the proposed new capital for the state. The villages falling in Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) in which the farmers refused to fall in line were targeted by the hooligans.

Naidu directed the district collector to provide detailed information on the incident and instructed him to take stern action against those responsible.

The fire accident reported in the banana gardens at Penumaka, Undavalli, Mudada and Ligayapalli villages. The chief minister reviewed the situation with CRDA authority CEO Srikanth, the collector and senior police officials.

AP state DGP J V Ramudu expressed apprehension that there may be conspiracy behind the fire accident reported in the villages under Tulluru mandal.    There was a need to go to the root cause of the incident and the police is probing and inquiring with the villagers.

Guntur Urban superintendent of police Rajeshkumar said it was unfortunate that fire accidents were reported from some fields which were part of the land for proposed new capital. The police will not spare anyone and the accused would be brought to book soon, he said.

Meanwhile, the AP Home Minister Nimmakayala Chinarajappa said that there were reports that YSRC workers were allegedly involved in the incident, and the  accused would be arrested soon.

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