London residents demands answers in deadly high-rise blaze

In the footage, huge flames can be seen engulfing the building, which is situated in North Kensington, London.

Kensington's new Labour MP Emma Dent Coad, who is a local councillor and a member of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, said she had raised concerns with the authority about fire safety at tower blocks in the area.

Witnesses described people leaping from the building and of trapped children banging on windows as the fire broke out at around 1 a.m. local time, while people slept.

It is not now known how many people have been killed, but police have confirmed a "significant" number of fatalities, with several hundred people believed to have been in the flats at the time.

The hoses of fire crews, who were first called to the scene at 12.54am, were not able to reach the upper floors of the block, with their cranes only reaching the 12th floor.

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BBC reporter Andy Moore told the news bureau that the tower could collapse at any time.

London's Metropolitan Police said a number of people were being treated for a range of injuries while firefighters dealt with the burning building for several hours. Mayor Sadiq Khan said many questions must be answered about safety for the scores of other apartment blocks around the British capital. Thirty four patients remain in hospital including 18 who are in critical care. "I've never seen that in a residential block".

Lammy said in a Facebook post that Saye lives on the 20th floor with her mother.

Birchell said her husband, who suffered from the early stages of dementia, had been pushed by the same woman on repeat occasions, including one occasion when she was present and was also pushed down.

His organisation wants governments to make it compulsory for all building products to undergo strict tests by an independent body to ensure they don't pose fire or other safety risks.

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She said: "Neighbours had been watching it all night, they said the cladding went up like a nightdress by a fire - it just went whoosh". The whole building is engulfed in flames.

"Is it going to be like so many other seniors' homes where people are dying and nobody is doing anything about it?" Mr Apter said: "The fire, which was unprecedented in its scale and speed, will be subject to a full fire investigation". Daffarn said residents had complained for years to Kensington and Chelsea Council about the building's safety, to no avail.

Ruks Mamudu, 69, escaped from her first floor apartment wearing only her purple pajamas and bathrobe.

He told the Press Association: "About 12 floors up I saw three children waving from a window and then there was just an explosion and they disappeared". In November a residents' group, Grenfell Action Group, said that only a "catastrophic event" would expose the concerns it had about the building's landlord, according to a blog post from the group.

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