A huge fire engulfed a 27-storey block of flats in central London on Wednesday, injuring at least 30 people and possibly trapping some residents who were sleeping inside the towering inferno.
200 firefighters battled for hours along with 40 fire engines.
London fire brigade said ” The fire engulfed all floors from the second to the top floor where several hundred people are living “.
“We have taken 30 patients to five hospitals ” said London Ambulance Service.
Some people were trapped in the fire, desperately shouting for help from windows on upper floors as the fire spread.
Residents related how they woke up to the smell of burning and rushed to escape through smoke filled corridors.
Police said “a number of people are being treated for a range of injuries”.
“Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are working extremely hard in very difficult conditions to tackle this fire,” London Fire Brigade Assistant Commissioner Dan Daly said.
“This is a large and very serious incident and we have deployed numerous resources and specialist appliances.”
“The cause of the fire, which broke out just before 1 a.m. (0000 GMT), is not known” , the Fire Brigade said.