12 confirmed dead in London tower inferno, figure ‘likely to rise’ – police

12 confirmed dead in London tower inferno, figure ‘likely to rise’ – police
12 confirmed dead in London tower inferno, figure ‘likely to rise’ – police

Published time: 14 Jun, 2017 16:16 Edited time: 14 Jun, 2017 16:20

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Twelve people have now been confirmed dead in the Grenfell Tower fire in West London. Emergency services warn the death toll is likely to rise further.

Police Commander Stuart Cundy told reporters: "Sadly I can confirm that there are now 12 people who have died, that we know of, this is going to be a long and complex recovery operation and I do anticipate that the number of fatalities will sadly increase beyond those 12."

There were a considerable number of people inside the tower during the night, he added.

More than 200 firefighters, backed up by 40 fire engines, fought for hours to try to bring the Grenfell Tower block blaze under control.

Fire service officials said 65 people were rescued during the course of the operation.

London Fire Brigade said: "Our crews are still working to bring the #GrenfellTower fire under control and are carrying out systematic searches."

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