London Fire: Death Toll Rises To 12 After Apartment Building Engulfed In Flames

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Last night a deadly fire engulfed a 24-story London apartment tower leaving at least 12 dead. That number is expected to continue to rise.

Pockets of fire were still blazing at west London’s Grenfell Tower, a high-rise apartment block, more than 16 hours after first reports of fire early Wednesday.

Crews have rescued 65 people from the building and that firefighters have searched most of the tower and reached the top floor, Steve Apter of the London Fire Brigade said.

Officials declined to say how many people were missing.

Sky News reports that the inferno lit up the night sky and spewed black smoke from the windows of the Grenfell Tower in North Kensington. A plume of smoke stretched for miles across the sky after dawn, revealing the blackened, flame-licked wreckage of the building, which was still burning over 12 hours later.

Between 400 and 600 people are said to live in the building, which houses 120 apartments and was still burning some 14 hours after the blaze broke out in the early hours of Wednesday.

More than 200 firefighters battled the inferno, which officials called an “unprecedented incident.”

Witnesses reported seeing residents throwing babies and small children from high windows to people on the sidewalk in a desperate effort to save them from the flames.

One witness, who identified herself as Sofia, told The Guardian: “I heard loads of young girls crying out for help…I can hear people screaming for help and they are dying.”

Jody Martin told the BBC she watched desperate residents of the building trying to escape the blaze.

“I watched one person falling out, I watched another woman holding her baby out the window,” she said. “I was yelling at everyone to get down and they were saying, ‘We can’t leave our apartments, the smoke is too bad on the corridors.'”

Here’s the report from Fox News:

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