In pictures: Black smoke billows above London

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Photos: Fire engulfs apartment block in West London

Firefighters are battling a massive fire in an apartment high-rise in London on Wednesday, June 14.

Photos: Fire engulfs apartment block in West London

Emergency personnel prepare in an open area near the fire.

Photos: Fire engulfs apartment block in West London

Local council leader Nick Paget-Brown said the authorities are still trying to “establish how many people have been injured or, sadly, lost their lives.”

Photos: Fire engulfs apartment block in West London

“Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are working extremely hard in very difficult conditions to tackle this fire. This is a large and very serious incident and we have deployed numerous resources and specialist appliances,” Assistant Commissioner Dan Daly said.

Photos: Fire engulfs apartment block in West London

Smoke could be seen billowing over the heads of residents who gathered in nearby streets in West London to watch the blaze, which broke out in the early hours of the morning.

Photos: Fire engulfs apartment block in West London

Police officers on nearby Bradley Road asked people to step back so they could expand the cordon and make more space for emergency services.

Photos: Fire engulfs apartment block in West London

Residents of Whitchurch Road watch smoke streaming from the tower.

Photos: Fire engulfs apartment block in West London

Emergency services respond to the fire.

Photos: Fire engulfs apartment block in West London

Residents evacuated from nearby Barandon Walk wait outside their building. They were evacuated around 2 a.m. Police told them heat emanating from the fire could affect the structure of their building.

Photos: Fire engulfs apartment block in West London

Witness Michael Kyriakou told CNN the fire spread quickly, with one side of the building ablaze around 15 minutes after it started. “Within an hour it had engulfed the top part of the building,” he said. “There are people in bathrobes and slippers all around us, so hopefully as many as possible got out.”

Photos: Fire engulfs apartment block in West London

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has activated a “major emergency plan” in response to the blaze.



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