British authorities have reported that the fire in a high-rise building in west London is still ongoing as of late Wednesday morning, June 14. According to the London Ambulance Service, between 30 to 50 people are being treated for injuries and the police has reported at least six fatalities. More than 200 firemen and 40 fire trucks have been mobilized.
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, declared a "major incident" alert amidst fears that the tower block could collapse. Police have cordoned off the area and residents in the surrounding areas have been evacuated as a precaution.
Transportation disruptions are likely in the vicinity of the fire. Drivers should note that the nearby A40 Westway highway has been closed between Northern Roundabout and Marylebone Road.
A large fire engulfed the Grenfell Tower housing complex on Latimer Road, in west London’s North Kensington neighborhood, beginning at approximately 01:10 (local time) on Wednesday. The origin of the fire remains unknown.
Individuals in London are advised to avoid the area of the fire, to be prepared for congestion in the vicinity and on public transportation, and to adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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