A huge fire has engulfed a large block of flats in London, with many people thought to be trapped in their homes. The fire brigade has said there are “a number of fatalities”.

Hundreds of firefighters were sent to 24-storey Grenfell Tower in north Kensington, as large plumes of smoke billowed above the capital after the blaze broke out in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Witnesses spoke of “terrifying” scenes, with some residents suggesting they heard no alarm go off when the fire began. At least 30 people have been taken to five hospitals.

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Pictures taken by Independent reporter Samuel Osborne show fire fighters at the scene and people donating water, food and clothing to nearby St Clement’s church.

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