A huge blaze has engulfed a 27-storey tower block in west London overnight - with an unknown number of people now known to have died.

Shocking images have shown the fire tearing through Grenfell Tower in North Kensington as firefighters tackled the inferno.

It is believed around 120 flats were affected and several hundred people were known to be at home at the time the fire broke out at around 1am.

This morning Assistant Commissioner Dan Daly from the London Fire Brigade described the blaze as "large and very serious".


He said: "Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are working extremely hard in very difficult conditions to tackle this fire.

"This is a large and very serious incident and we have deployed numerous resources and specialist appliances."

The location of Grenfell Tower in North Kensington

An emergency number has been set up for people who are concerned for loved ones who live in the building - call the Casualty Bureau at 0800 0961 233 .

A Met Police spokesman said people were being treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

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They added: “Police were called at 1.16am on Wednesday, 14 June to reports of a large fire at a block of flats in the Lancaster West Estate, W11."

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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