The number of people confirmed to have died following devastating fire at Grenfell Tower block fire in North Kensington has risen to 12.
The fire broke out just before 1am on Wednesday (June 14), ripping through the 24-storey building which is home to approximately 500 residents in around 130 flats.
Metropolitan Police has now confirmed that 12 people have died.
There were reports of people trapped in the upper floors of the building, with firefighters battling "challenging" circumstances to reach them.
Commander Stuart Cundy, from the Metropolitan Police, said: "Our thoughts are with everyone involved in this truly shocking fire at Grenfell Tower.
"If you do have any concerns for anybody connected to this awful event, please call the Casualty Bureau on 0800 0961 233. If you do not get through immediately, please try again. If you have any concerns, please use that number rather than dialling 999 or 101.
"If you are a resident who has been evacuated from the area and can't now get home the current reception centre being coordinated by the local authority is at the Portobello Rugby club at Walmer Road.
"We urge anyone who lived in the block to make themselves known at that centre so that we know they are safe. If you are unable to get to the centre please speak to a police officer. This is really important as we account for all those in the building.
"Equally if you have reported someone missing and they are now safe and well it is really important that you contact Casualty Bureau so that we can keep an accurate record of who is missing and who is safe.
"We kindly ask that the public stay away from the area. I thank the public for their patience and their cooperation today which has already greatly assisted our policing response."
There were fears that the building would collapse. A structural engineer continues to monitor the stability of the building.
London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said that the Brigade was called at 00.54am to reports of a large fire at a block of flats at the Lancaster West Estate.
Metropolitan Police and London Ambulance Service were also in attendence.
Commissioner Cotton said: "Our firefighters on scene have been working tirelessly and continue to do so, to extinguish the fire and search the building for any remaining people inside.
"We have had at the height, over 200 firefighters and forty fire engines on scene, with a range of specialist officers.
"We have been working closely with all of our partners to establish what is going on here.
"We will continue to work closely in the coming hours and days to look at the cause of this fire and to investigate what has happened."
At around 9am on Wednesday, Commander Stuart Cundy, from the Metropolitan Police, said: "All the emergency services and other agencies continue to work together at the scene.
"I can confirm there have been a number of fatalities and others receiving medical care. We will be soon making contact with next of kin.
"Anyone who is concerned about loved ones in relation to the fire should contact Casualty Bureau which has been opened following the fire.
"If you do not get through immediately please do try again.
"Extensive cordons remain in place and a number of nearby residents have been evacuated as a precaution.
"The A40 is closed in both directions. We kindly ask that the public stay away from the area.
"I thank the public for their patience and their cooperation today which has already greatly assisted our policing response."
We've set up a JustGiving page in aid of those affected. To donate visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/grenfell-tower-support.
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