Published On : Wed, Jun 14th, 2017

6 dead in London highrise fire

Six people confirmed killed in the huge fire at Grenfell Tower in London, says Commander Stuart Cundy of the Metropolitan Police. The police said it expected numbers to rise, and that it was too early to give details.

The BBC said eyewitnesses described people trapped in the burning Grenfell Tower, in north Kensington, screaming for help and yelling for their children to be saved.

Firefighters rescued “large numbers”, but London Mayor Sadiq Khan said “a lot” of people were unaccounted for.

The 24-storey block, which is still on fire, looks at risk of collapsing.

During the night, eyewitnesses said they saw lights – thought to be mobile phones or torches – flashing at the top of the block of flats, and trapped residents coming to their windows – some holding children. The Met Police has set up an emergency number on 0800 0961 233 for anyone concerned about friends or family.