Met Police warn Londoners to avoid area near north Kensington tower block fire

 
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27-Storey Grenfell Tower Block On Fire In West London
Fatalities have been confirmed at the Grenfell Tower in west London (Source: Getty)

The Metropolitan Police has warned Londoners to avoid the area near a huge fire in north Kensington this morning.

The emergency services have confirmed fatalities as a result of the blaze, which engulfed the Grenfell Tower from its second storey to the 27th floor. The Met said it is likely to take some time before the cause of the fire can be confirmed.

There are cordons in place around the scene of the fire, and nearby residents have been evacuated.

Police were called at 01:16am to reports of a large fire at a block of flats at the Lancaster West Estate, W11, the Met said.

Officers were sent to the scene to assist colleagues from the London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service (LAS).

Residents have been evacuated from the tower block and number of those have sought medical assistance from the LAS. The evacuation process continues.

"All the emergency services and other agencies continue to work together at the scene," said Met Police commander Stuart Cundy.

"I can confirm there have been a number of fatalities and others receiving medical care. We will be soon making contact with next of kin.

"Anyone who is concerned about loved ones in relation to the fire should contact Casualty Bureau which has been opened following the fire. If you do not get through immediately please do try again.

"Extensive cordons remain in place and a number of nearby residents have been evacuated as a precaution. The A40 is closed in both directions. We kindly ask that the public stay away from the area. I thank the public for their patience and their cooperation today which has already greatly assisted our policing response."