Dramatic pictures of London's massive highrise fire
200 firefighters battle blaze at 24-storey building in U.K. capital
CBC News Posted: Jun 14, 2017 12:46 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 14, 2017 12:46 PM ET
Dozens of firefighters remain on the scene Wednesday of a massive fire that swept through a highrise apartment building in west London, England.
Battling the blaze
At least 30 people are confirmed dead and 74 were taken to hospital as 200 firefighters battled the blaze at the 24-storey building in the U.K. capital.
Smoke stretched for kilometres
Flames could be seen shooting from windows in the Grenfell Tower in North Kensington and plumes of smoke stretched for kilometres over the capital.
An unprecedented incident
"This is an unprecedented incident," Dany Cotton, commissioner of the London fire department, told reporters. "In my 29 years of being a firefighter, I have never, ever seen anything of this scale."
Cotton couldn't confirm the total number of deaths because of the size and complexity of the building.
Cotton told a news conference that some firefighters sustained minor injuries and the fire brigade will likely be on the scene for 24 hours.
Protective face masks were provided to people near Grenfell Tower.
Ambulances and fire trucks filled the streets around the building located in a diverse, working-class area of London. Nearby residents, some carrying pets, were also forced out of their homes. Others searched for information at makeshift evacuation centres set up at churches and recreation centres.
A wall of tributes and messages of condolences for the victims sits on the side of a community centre near to the site of the Grenfell Tower.