London tower block fire: At least 12 dead, number expected to rise

London - London's Metropolitan Police say at least 12 people have died in a huge blaze that engulfed a residential high-rise in west London on Wednesday morning. Authorities added that the number is expected to rise and police do not anticipate finding any more survivors. Flames raced through the high-rise Grenfell Tower block of flats in the north Kensington area after taking hold before 1am and witnesses reported many residents desperately calling for help from windows of upper floors.
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 recent years, under control.
In late afternoon, London police said 12 people had been killed and the death toll was likely to rise.
London Ambulance Service said that 74 people were being treated in hospital with "20 people in critical care".
Firefighting crews still had to reach the top four floors of the building where several hundred people live in 130 flats.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

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