12 Confirmed Dead In London Inferno, Evacuation Still On

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New Delhi:At least 12 people died after a huge fire, which engulfed a 24-storey block of flats in central London early on Wednesday. Commander Stuart Cundy of the Metropolitan Police said, death toll is likely to go up. Police said, at least 200 firefighters battled the blaze, and evacuated residents from the building.

The fire is thought to have started because of a faulty refrigerator on the 3rd or 4th floor of the building soon after midnight and destroyed flat after flat. By noon, the building looked to be just smoking ruins but the fire again took hold, and cladding began to fall to the ground.

Eyewitnesses described people trapped in the burning tower, in north Kensington, screaming for help and yelling for their children to be saved. Firefighters rescued many people and are still trying to put the fire out in the 24-storey block 12 hours on. Police say there may still be people in the building who are unaccounted for.

Eyewitnesses said they saw lights - thought to be mobile phones or torches - flashing at the top of the block of flats, and trapped residents coming to their windows - some holding children. It is understood that "several hundred" people would have been in the block when the fire broke out shortly after midnight, most of them sleeping. "This is an unprecedented incident. In my 29 years of being a firefighter, I have never ever seen anything of this scale," London Fire Brigade chief Dany Cotton told reporters.

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