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At least six dead and more than 50 people taken to hospital after fire engulfs the 24-floor building.

Fire engulfed a 24-storey housing block in central London, killing at least six people and injuring at least 50 others in an inferno that trapped residents as they slept.

Flames raced through the high-rise Grenfell Tower block of apartments in the north Kensington area after taking hold around 1:00am Wednesday (0000GMT) and witnesses reported many residents desperately calling for help from windows of upper floors.

The London Fire Brigade said 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters were battling the blaze which had engulfed all floors from the second to the top of the building.

“We can confirm six fatalities at this time following the fire in North Kensington,” London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement. “These are very early stages and we do expect that figure to rise.”

London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan said “a lot of people” still unaccounted for more than eight hours after the fire was reported.

“Unfortunately, there have been a number of fatalities,” Danny Cotton, Commissioner at London Fire Bridage, said. “It’s a major fire that has affected every floor from the second floor upwards.” Source aljazeera

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