Fire engulfs tower block in west London

Peace and Freedom

AFP

© Natalie Oxford/AFP / by Fayruz RAJPAR | The fire swept through the 27-storey Grenfell Tower, a 1970s block, in the early hours, trapping residents inside

LONDON (AFP) – 

A massive fire ripped through a 27-storey apartment block in west London in the early hours of Wednesday, trapping residents inside as 200 firefighters battled the blaze.

Witnesses said they heard screaming from the upper floors as the flames rose in the night and one desperate resident could be seen waving a white cloth from a top floor window.

Police said “a number of people are being treated for a range of injuries”, including at least two for smoke inhalation.

Four hours after the alarm was raised, flames could still be seen on several floors of the blackened residential building, which was shrouded in a cloud of thick black smoke.

Large pieces of debris could be seen falling from Grenfell Tower…

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