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Six people confirmed dead in London tower block fire

News Agencies | Updated on: 14 June 2017, 17:03 IST
London tower block fire

At least six persons have been confirmed as dead following Wednesday's heavy fire that engulfed a tower block in west London.

Commander Stuart Cundy, from the Metropolitan Police, said: "Our thoughts are with everyone involved in this truly shocking fire at Grenfell Tower. I can confirm six fatalities at this time, but this figure is likely to rise during what will be a complex recovery operation over a number of days. Many others are receiving medical care."

Hundreds of firefighters battled to rescue residents from their flats after the fire broke out at Grenfell Tower on Latimer Road, near Notting Hill as the blaze rapidly engulfed the full height of the 27-storey block.

Earlier, London Ambulance Service Assistant Director of Operations Stuart Crichton confirmed in a statement that over 50 patients were admitted to five hospitals across London following the incident at the Grenfell Tower.

"Over 100 of our medics are working hard to respond to this incident, including ambulance crews, advanced paramedics, advanced trauma teams from London's Air Ambulance and those staff managing the incident in our special operations centre. In addition, our hazardous area response teams are also on scene," the statement added.

The cause of the fire is yet unknown.

A deal between Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives to keep her in power could be delayed until next week, after this fire incident.

The Conservatives' 318 MPs and the DUP's 10 MPs could together command more than the 326 votes needed for an absolute majority in the House of Commons.

Meanwhile, the Indian High Commission in London has released helpline numbers for any Indians affected by the fire:

Casualty Bureau 08000961233 or 02071580197

HCI Public Reponse Unit 02086295950

First published: 14 June 2017, 17:03 IST