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Grenfell Tower: The London building that went up in flames

Around 40 fire engines and 200 fire fighters continue to battle the blaze which engulfed the tower block from 2nd floor to top of the building.

Published: 14th June 2017 03:06 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th June 2017 03:17 PM   |  A+A-

Smoke rises from Grenfell Tower on fire in London on Wednesday. (AP)

By Online Desk

A massive fire broke out in the 27-storeyed Grenfell tower in west London early on Wednesday morning, leaving an unconfirmed number of people killed and several injured. Here are some key points about the property that went up in flames: 

  • Grenfell Towers contained 120 homes and housed more than 200 people.

  • It was managed by the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) on council's behalf and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) owned this property.

  • The official site of RKBC acknowledges that the building had undergone a two-year, £10 million refurbishment that was completed last year.

  • Grenfell Action group, a residents organisation, warned KCTMO and RBKC time and again that the residential tower was at fire risk due to poor fire safety standards.

  • The cause of the blaze is not known, but a blog post from the Grenfell Action Group from November 2016 said ‘only a catastophic event’ would expose issues residents had, the Metro reported.

  • According to a blog post in 2013, Grenfell tower residents complained of continous power surge and as a result a number of electrical appliances were damaged. The authorities allegedly failed to take notice of their concerns.

London Fire Brigade confirmed on Twitter that 50 patients have been hospitalised.

READ HERE: Night of horror in London as blaze traps tower dwellers

Around 40 fire engines and 200 fire fighters continue to battle the blaze which engulfed the tower block from 2nd floor to top of the building.

London Metropolitan Police has issued a statement in relation to the North Kensington fire on Latimer Road stating that the evacuation process is still on.

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