At least 12 people have died in a huge fire on a west London estate, but officials expect the death toll to continue to rise with residents missing and 18 people in critical care.
Firefighters were called to the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in north Kensington at 12.54am on Wednesday after the blaze broke out. It is reported to have been sparked by an exploding fridge. Six hospitals across the capital are treating 78 people, with 18 in critical care.
Police warned the number of dead is expected to rise during “a complex recovery operation over a number of days”. Emergency teams have been seen carrying bodies from the remains of the building. Grenfell Tower, built in 1974, contains 120 flats and is thought to have been home to between 400 and 600 people.