London Firefighters Battling Massive High-Rise Blaze

The building, which is located in a poverty-stricken pocket of one of London's wealthiest neighborhoods, was engulfed within minutes, said locals.

"This is an unprecedented incident", she said.

Ms Green, who has mentored her friend and fellow artist for four years, added: "She's one of the most lovely, kind and soulful people I've ever met".

A witness told Reuters she feared not all the residents had escaped the fire.

"A Grenfell Tower Regeneration Newsletter addressed to the residents back in 2014 said that their "'stay put' policy stays in force until you are told otherwise." .

At least six people have died after a blaze at Grenfell Tower in north Kensington, with the death toll expected to rise. London ambulance services said they had taken 50 people to five area hospitals.

Crews were first called to the scene in Latimer Road at 12.54am on Wednesday morning.

A boxing gym and a nursery are housed in the tower, according to a news release past year from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

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"I've personally witnessed a few people dying tonight".

"We've complained to council", said Edward Daffarn, 55, who said nothing had been done to improve safety.

"Somebody did, a gentleman ran forward and managed to grab the baby".

"The flames, I have never seen anything like it, it just reminded me of 9/11", said Muna Ali, 45.

He said he suspects the fire sprinkler system "was out of service or there was a malfunction at the time" based on how quickly the fire spread. "It had completely spread within half an hour".

Another caller, Linda, told the station how she watched huge chunks of polystyrene type material falling from the building. It's also not clear whether people are trapped.

People at the scene spoke of being unable to reach friends and family who had been inside. Others said they could see people inside using flashlights and mobile phones to try to signal for help from higher floors.

"She said "I can see fire" and I opened the door and could see smoke", added Adeeb, who is originally from Syria but has lived in Britain for 16 years. "Luckily for me, my little brothers and sister were safe in their beds, but people their age (were) dying", she said.

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The whole building is now on fire and huge smoke is covering the entire area and making it hard to see and breath. By the time I got there the whole right side of the building was on fire, the whole thing was engulfed in flames. It was fire up, up, up.

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Flames tore up the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in north Kensington, leaving people trapped on upper floors, including children, some holding babies from windows and others jumping from their flats.

A residents action group said its warnings about safety had fallen on "deaf ears".

"I'm lucky to be alive". As we've gone outside I'm looking up at the block and it was just going up. "I consider this mass murder".

Hundreds of other residents, many who had been asleep when the blaze broke out shortly before 1 a.m., were forced to flee down dark and smoky stairwells. She said the cause of the blaze was not known.

Firefighters are battling a massive fire in an apartment high-rise in London.

Grenfell Tower was built in the 1970s and recently subject to a $10.9 million redevelopment, according to property firm Rydon.

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Twitter that a major incident had been declared. They have sent over 20 ambulance crew to the spot to provide emergency medical assistance to the injured.

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