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Refurbishment of Grenfell Tower 'met regulations', company says

14 June 2017

He told CNN it was not yet clear how many people were evacuated or how many people are receiving support. Of those patients, 20 are in critical care.

A third person wrote on the social media site: "That's so frightful that 6 people died, so heartbreaking but competition time! rolls eyes".

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said many questions now need to be answered about safety for the scores of tower blocks around the British capital.

· We have installed a fully automated fire and smoke detection system connected directly to the fire service both in the communal areas and each flat in Hockmore, Windrush and Evenlode Towers.

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 memory, under control.

A number of people have died in the blaze.

Lamrani watched as a member of the public caught the infant - "miraculously", as she put it.

According to Lamrani, some people trapped inside the 24-story Grenfell Tower were "banging, frantically smacking the windows trying to get out".

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Other witnesses spoke of children, including a baby being thrown to safety, from windows high up.

Close to Notting Hill, the tower block is around a five minute walk from the Latimer Road Underground station and near the Westfield shopping center in the west London suburbs.

Councilor Nick Paget-Brown, who represents the area in which Grenfell Tower is located, said the tower block contains some 120 individual apartments, many of which house young families, meaning the number of people trapped by the blaze could run into the hundreds.

"I'm lucky to be alive".

Steve Apter, director of safety and assurance at London Fire Brigade, said: "I can confirm I have had firefighters manage to get through particularly arduous conditions up to the top floor".

Damian Collins, former head of the Grenfell Tower Residents' Association, said residents had complained to the local council over the handling of a major refurbishment of the building completed previous year.

The Grenfell Action Group, a community organization formed to oppose a nearby redevelopment project, has been warning about the risk of fire at Grenfell Tower since 2013. "Police officers, the London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service are now at the scene", Metropolitan Police said in a statement. The building was to undergo specific improvements to fire safety and ventilation works.

Michael Paramasivan said he was watching TV in the building as his girlfriend and daughter slept when he smelled burning plastic.

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Investigators were working to establish the cause of the blaze.

Fire raced through the 24-floor Grenfell Tower in North Kensington around 1 a.m.

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Hugo Zarey, who lives in one of the other buildings, says he could hear the commotion outside when police pounded on his door and ordered him to leave. "The fire started on the upper floors. oh my goodness, it spread so quickly, it had completely spread within half an hour".

Eyewitnesses described people trapped in the burning tower, in north Kensington, screaming for help and yelling for their children to be saved. Hours after the fire broke out, a plume of smoke can be seen from miles away. "This will of course be subject to a major investigation, but at this moment in time, we do not wish to speculate further about the cause of the fire, or the fire's spread". Metropolitan Police said earlier that two people were being treated for smoke inhalation.

We'll update with more information as it becomes available.

He said "a lot of people" were still unaccounted for and urged any survivors to contact the authorities.

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