Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Firefighters battling massive blaze in London highrise


200 firefighters respond to blaze in 27-storey building

The Associated Press
Posted: Jun 13, 2017 11:19 PM ET
Last Updated: Jun 13, 2017 11:24 PM ET

Firefighters were battling a massive fire in a London apartment highrise early Monday morning. One side of the building appeared to be in flames, and 45 fire engines and 200 firefighters were called to the scene.

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Firefighters are battling a massive fire in an apartment highrise in London. (Mischa Saag via AP)

The London Fire Brigade tweeted that the fire involved the second to the top floor of the 27-storey building.

The building is the Grenfell Tower in the North Kensington area.

The Metropolitan Police said two people were being treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and cordons were in place.

George Clarke, the presenter of Amazing Spaces, told Radio 5 Live he was covered in ash even though he was 100 metres from the scene.

He said he saw people waving flashlights from the top levels of the building and saw rescuers “doing an incredible job” trying to get people out.

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