London, June 15: In Britain, at least 12 people died after a huge fire, which engulfed a 24-storey block of flats in West London on Wednesday. More than 200 firefighters, backed up by 40 fire engines, fought for hours to try to control the blaze, London's deadliest for a generation.
The Grenfell Tower apartment block was home to about 600 people. Out of which, 18 people are in critical care after 79 injured people were taken to hospital. But many are still missing after residents were left trapped on upper floors as flames rapidly ripped up the block after initially being told to stay in their homes.
A local residents' group said it had predicted such a catastrophe on their low-rent housing estate that overlooks affluent parts of the Kensington area of the capital, and London Mayor Sadiq Khan said there were questions to answer.
Trapped residents came to their windows - some holding children. One witness said a baby was caught by a member of the public after being dropped from the tower block. Firefighters said they had rescued 65 people - some in pyjamas - from the 43-year-old block.
Prime Minister Theresa May promised there would be a proper investigation into the disaster, which delayed her talks on trying to secure a parliamentary deal to stay in power and launch talks on Britain's exit from the European Union.