At least 12 deaths were confirmed, more than 75 injured and many others missing in a huge blaze that ripped through a 24-story residential high-rise in west London on Wednesday morning. Authorities warned that the figure would expected to continue to rise and police do not anticipate finding any more survivors.
More than 250 firefighters battled the West London inferno through the night, which officials called an “unprecedented incident.”
Witnesses reported seeing residents throwing babies and small children from parts of the 24-story building to people on the sidewalk in a desperate effort to save them from the flames.
London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton called it an “unprecedented incident,” adding that a “number of fatalities” had been confirmed. Police later put the death toll at 6, but warned that figure was likely to rise.