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Grenfell Tower fire: What do we know about the tower block?

The 27-storey building, which went up in flames in a horrific fire on Wednesday (June 14) morning, was refurbished only last year

A horrendous fire broke out at Grenfell Tower in the early hours of Wednesday (June 14) morning, killing a number of people and injuring more than 50 others.

But what do we know about the tower block?

The tower block, in North Kensington , has 27 storeys, up to 130 flats and was built in 1974.

An £8.7m upgrade on the building was completed in 2016 which developer Rydon says included fitting rain screen cladding, curtain wall façade and replacement windows, improving thermal insulation and modernising the exterior of the building.

Internally, the work included remodelling the lower floor space was to incorporate extra new homes as well as a nursery, which was relocated from another part of the building.

The Rydon website adds that a new heating system was installed, which "contributes to reducing living costs of residents".

Where is Grenfell Tower?

The map shows where in London Grenfell Tower is(Image: Google Maps)

The tower is in North Kensington, just off of the A40 Westway.

A closer look at the borough(Image: Google Maps)

A closer look shows the nearest station is Latimer Road Station just 160m west.

Just 800m south east is Westfield Shopping Centre, while a little further on, 1,400m south east, is Shepherd's Bush .

Portabello Market is around 950m to the east.

A total of 45 fire engines from crews across west London were called to the tower block at 00.54am on Wednesday (June 14), sending around 200 firefighters to tackle the fire.

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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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