Grenfell Tower: 80 people missing or presumed to have died

Grenfell Tower: London Fire Commissioner confirms fatalities in 'unprecedented' apartment block fire

Dany Cotton called the situation 'unprecedented' as she confirmed people had been killed in the incident

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The police have said there are 80 people missing or presumed to be dead in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire last week.

It has now been confirmed 32 people have died in the incident in west London. More are believed to be dead or remain missing in the wake of the incident.

Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road caught fire early on Wednesday morning. Some have suggested an electrical fire was responsible but the cause has still to be confirmed.

Witnesses reported seeing the flames rise to the top of the building and eventually move around, engulfing its four sides, as residents remained trapped inside.

Dany Cotton, the London Fire Commissioner, had previously confirmed a number of fatalities, but was unable to confirm exactly how many because of the size of the building. 

She told journalists: "This incident is unprecedented.

"In my 29 years of being a firefighter, I've never ever seen anything like this."

Dozens of patients have been taken to hospitals around the capital for treatment of injuries received in the fire.

Anyone concerned about a loved one is advised to call the Metropolitan Police casualty bureau on 0800 0961 233.