The UK Metropolitan Police has just confirmed six fatalities at the fire in North Kensington in the early hours of this morning.
Over 50 people are in hospital. The statement goes on to say, ‘these are very early stages and we do expect that figure to rise’. Many are still unaccounted for.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan sent condolence to the families affected by the huge inferno in a statement saying;
‘I’m truly devastated to see the horrific scenes of the major fire at Grenfell Tower in Kensington. I have been in constant contact throughout the night with the Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, Dany Cotton, who has been at the scene’. ‘More than 250 firefighters are at the scene and there have been more than 100 medics in attendance, as well as 100 police officers. I want to thank our incredible firefighters and emergency services for their immense courage, dedication and professionalism’. ‘My heart goes out to everyone affected. I am sad to confirm that we now know there have been fatalities and more than fifty people have been taken to hospitals including Royal Free, King’s, St Thomas’s, St Mary’s and Chelsea and Westminster to be treated for injuries. The fire service is dealing with a rapidly changing situation and these numbers are likely to rise’.