Fire fighters drench the burning 24-storey residential Grenfell Tower block on June 14, 2017 in London, England.

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Fire fighters drench the burning 24-storey residential Grenfell Tower block on June 14, 2017 in London, England.

The death toll from the London tower block fire has risen to 17 and the figure is expected to rise further, police said on Thursday.

“Sadly, I can confirm that the number of people that have died is now 17,” London police commander Stuart Cundy told reporters.

“There is still a number of people who are receiving treatment in hospital. There are 37 people receiving treatment, of which 17 are still in critical care.”

The fire engulfed a 24-storey building in west London in the early hours of Wednesday.

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