Grenfell Tower is not in danger of collapse and rescue teams are safe to be inside after a fire ripped through the residential block, a structural engineer has said.
Six people have been confirmed dead after the blaze broke out just before 1am on Wednesday (June 14).
The high-rise building on the Lancaster West estate in north Kensington was destroyed by flames as 200 firefighters were sent to the scene.
London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton confirmed there have been a number of fatalities and 50 people have been taken to five hospitals across London.
There were initially fears the building could fall down, however a structural engineer has confirmed the tower is not in danger of collapse.
A London Fire Brigade statement said: "Our specialist urban search and rescue crews and a structural engineer have checked the building and said that it is not in danger of collapsing and that it is safe for our crew to be in there.
"The cause of the fire is not known at this stage."
Onlookers said they could hear people screaming from inside the building and there are reports that a baby was caught by a member of the public after being dropped from the tower.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: "You'll be aware we're talking about a 24-storey tower block, 120 flats.
"The bad news, as the fire commissioner confirmed, there have been a number of fatalities and 50 people have been taken so far to five hospitals across London.
"Just doing some basic crude maths, which is all we can do, there are 120 flats, many of the flats are four bedroom, a number of people when they heard the noise and smelt the smoke left their flats over the course of the night.
"Our firefighters were able to rescue many people from the tower block but, of course, you'll appreciate that at the moment there are a number that are unaccounted for and now some of them could have found safe refuge.
"The good news is that we are still at the search and rescue stage, we have not moved to the recovery stage and that gives me some cause for optimism."
The Metropolitan Police Casualty Bureau is open for members of the public who are concerned about relatives or friends who may have been affected the fire.
The number for the Casualty Bureau is 0800 0961 233.
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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