The Metropolitan Police has confirmed 17 people have died following the fire which engulfed Grenfell Tower block in North Kensington.

London Fire Birgade remain at the scene as they work with local authority contractors to make the building safe to continue with the next phase of the operation.

Many people remain unaccounted for following the fatal fire and appeals have been launched both online and within the community to locate missing friends, family and loved ones.

Metropolitan Police confirm 17 people have died

London Fire Brigade was called to the blaze at 00.54am on Wednesday (June 15) with more than 200 firefighters tackling the fire at its height.

London Ambulance Service has confirmed 68 people were taken to hospitals across the capital.

According to police, 37 people remain in hospital, with 17 in critical care.

Commander Stuart Cundy, from the Metropolitan Police said: "Our absolute priority for all of us is identifying and locating those that are missing.

"My heart goes out to those that are trying to find loved ones, please get in contact and we will support you through this.

"My thanks to the community for their patience. This is an exceptional and challenging time.

"Any concerns call 0800 0961 233."

Flames engulfed the building in west London

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