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Number of fatalities confirmed as huge inferno engulfs 27-storey London tower block home to 600 residents as desperate families remain trapped inside by EXE.NEWS

  • The blaze engulfed the 27-storey Grenfell Tower on Latimer Road in White City on Wednesday morning
  • Horrifying pictures emerged on social media showing massive flames licking up the side of the block 
  • Desperate residents trapped high in the enormous residential tower were heard 'screaming' for help 
  • Police are evacuating panicked residents and two people are already being treated for smoke inhalation

    Several people have been confirmed dead after a huge inferno broke out at a residential tower block in West London.

    Eyewitnesses revealed how families 'begged for their lives' as they tried to escape the blaze, while people are still trapped inside the 27-storey building as it teeters on the brink of collapse.

    More than 600 residents desperately tried to escape the flames as the fire broke out in the middle of the night, with many woken by the screams of others and the smell of burning plastic. 

    Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road, White City, is currently 'lurching' to one side after a 'very, very severe fire' broke out in the early hours of Wednesday morning, with those inside claiming a fire alarm failed to sound. 

    As residents flooded the streets outside the building, many spoke of members of their family or close neighbours being unaccounted for, as they were forced to watch on as their home and all their belongings went up in flames.

    One neighbour said he believed someone had jumped from about 10 to 15 floors to escape the fire, while there were screams of joy and a relief as a five-year-old girl was pulled from the flames by emergency services.

    Dany Cotton, Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, said there had been 'a number of fatalities' following a 'unprecedented incident' that she described as the largest in scale that she had seen in her 29-year career. 

    London Ambulance Service said 30 people have been rushed to five hospitals around the capital, while at least one resident is still stuck inside the block on the 11th floor, with firefighters desperately trying to reach him.  

    Panicked residents trapped high in the enormous tower were heard screaming for help as they leaned out of their windows and tied bed sheets together in an attempt to reach the ground.

    Many of those evacuated said they were woken by screams, intense heat and the smell of burning plastic, thought to be white cladding that was installed on the building last year as part of a £10million refurbishment.

    One woman said that residents faced 'either jumping out the window with their children and risk breaking bones or staying where you were and dying'.

    The fire is said to have spread from the second floor to the roof of the enormous 120-flat block in just 15 minutes, with 200 firefighters struggling to bring it under control. 


    The cordon around the block has been pushed back by police and homes surrounding it evacuated amid fears that the building could collapse in the densely populated area of London

    More than 600 residents desperately tried to escape the flames as the fire broke out in the middle of the night, with many woken by the screams of others and the smell of burning plastic

    More than 600 residents desperately tried to escape the flames as the fire broke out in the middle of the night, with many woken by the screams of others and the smell of burning plastic

    At least one resident is still stuck inside the block on the 11th floor, with firefighters still desperately trying to reach him

    At least one resident is still stuck inside the block on the 11th floor, with firefighters still desperately trying to reach him

    Several people have been confirmed dead after a huge inferno broke out at a residential tower block in West London (shown)

    Several people have been confirmed dead after a huge inferno broke out at a residential tower block in West London (shown)

    Firefighters have been battling the blaze for several hours and while the flames are slwoly being brought under control, there are fears the tower could collapse
    Natalie Oxford took this photo early this morning

    Firefighters have been battling the blaze for several hours and while the flames are slwoly being brought under control, there are fears the tower could collapse