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Six Dead After Fire Tears Through London Residential Tower

"This is an unprecedented incident", Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton told reporters on the scene.

1 pm: The number of people taken to the hospital increased to 50, confirm London Ambulance Service.

NHS England said 74 people are being treated in six hospitals across the capital, of whom 20 are in critical care.

The Fire Service said it had rescued large numbers of people.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said the fire raised questions over safety of high-rise blocks like Grenfell Tower.

More than 200 firefighters, backed up by 40 fire engines, fought for hours to try to bring the blaze, one of the biggest seen in central London in memory, under control.

The Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organization says it will cooperate fully "with all the relevant authorities in order to ascertain the cause of this tragedy", in which at least 12 people died.

After the Adair Tower fire, KCTMO had been issued with two enforcement motices to install "self-closing devices on all flat entrance doors" and review communal staircases and ventilation in the lift lobbies to ensure staircases are "available for use by residents and attending fire crews". Ideally I guess you would want it installed in your escape locations.

"We saw the people screaming", she said.

"The windows were slightly ajar, a woman was gesturing that she was about to throw her baby and if somebody could catch her baby".

Boutrig said her friend's brother, wife and children lived in the building and that her friend was waiting to find out if they were OK.

"When I got on the landing it was thick with smoke but the smoke alarms weren't going off, which is quite scary".

- Authorities are trying to determine how many people are still trapped.

Nearby residents were evacuated as a precaution.

It has also instructed its own fire safety officers to carry out additional checks on all of the borough's housing blocks.

The process of applying the rain-proof frontage can create a 25mm-30mm cavity between the cladding and the insulation behind it, Arnold Tarling, chartered surveyor and fire expert with property firm Hindwoods, said.

Neighbour Tamara said when she got there the whole right side of the building was on fire.

"If the same concerns were had in a wealthy part of Kensington and Chelsea they would have got resolved, but here they didn't get resolved", said Collins.

"I looked out and I could see the fire travelling up the block".

That plan had to be abandoned after bits of the building began falling on the crane but they believed the man was eventually rescued. I've not heard from them since, the phone is not going through, the landline isn't going through.

"These questions are really important questions that need to be answered", Khan said. Local councils normally advise residents of tower blocks to stay put in the event of a fire, since the buildings are created to contain the flames until the emergency services arrive.

Resident Hamid Wahbi said that as he fled, he asked about a neighbor's father but was told he was still inside. He told the BBC that a situation where "people's safety is put at risk by bad advice or poor maintenance" could not be tolerated. "It was literally by my window", she said.

The manager of the 24-story, 120-unit public housing complex devastated by fire in west London says it is too early to speculate what caused the inferno and what contributed to its spread.



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