Children tossed from windows in London high-rise blaze

"It appears that the external cladding has significantly contributed to the spread of fire", said Angus Law from the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she was "deeply saddened" by the situation and has called an emergency meeting to coordinate the response to the fire, which comes just 11 days after eight people were killed in a terror attack on London Bridge and Borough Market.

Mr Egal led his family into the hallway, where the smoke was so thick he could barely see more than a metre ahead.

The Grenfell tenants' organization's newsletter instructs residents to stay put in a fire unless the blaze is in their own apartment or in their hallway - the same guidance used in multistory hotels and other high-rise buildings.

"This matter is of particular concern as there is only one entry and exit to Grenfell Tower during the improvement works", read a blog post by the Grenfell Action Group.

Firefighters said they had rescued 65 people - some in pyjamas - from the 43-year-old block, a low-rent housing estate overlooking upscale parts of the Kensington area.

"We declared a major incident very early, which meant not just the fire service but also the London Ambulance Service, the police and the others were involved at the scene".

In the case of west London's Grenfell Tower, residents said they had posed uncomfortable questions to authorities and local management early on but that their concerns went unheard.

Fire crews were on the scene within six minutes.

London Fire Brigade confirmed 40 engines had been sent to the scene but stated the cause of the fire was not known at this stage.

"In my 29 years of being a fire fighter, I have never ever seen anything of this scale", London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton told reporters. At least 30 people have been taken to hospitals.

The tower is located in west London, about five miles from the city center.

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A woman showed up in tears looking for her sister, who lived in the 24-story building that caught fire.

An artists group, the ICF International Curators Forum, have been using their social media to appeal for information on Khadija, who is an emerging artist, and her mother.

"The fast saved a lot of people, as they were... up preparing to eat before sunrise", he said.

Many people at St.

The nearby St. Clements Church has become a temporary shelter for victims of the fire, and a mosque on Latimer Road also tweeted that its doors were open to those in need.

All told, 78 people were rushed to nearby hospitals, officials said.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said firefighters were only able to reach the 12th floor of the 24-storey block at the height of the blaze.

People were reportedly trapped in their homes.

The blaze first broke out at 1:16 a.m. Wednesday.

"They were three kids, they were banging on the windows, you could see their silhouettes and then bang, it just went up".

"Everyone I have spoken to on the frontline - the fire, the police, the ambulance services - resources have not been the issue", he said.

According to latest updates, London medics have treated 15 people for smoke inhalation.

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