LIVE COVERAGE: Twelve dead after fire destroys tower block in west London

Twelve people have died and more are feared dead after a huge fire destroyed a tower block in west London. Flames tore through the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in north Kensington leaving people trapped on upper floors - some holding babies out of windows and others jumping from their flats.

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Some bodies have been removed from the smouldering remains of the building, which contains 120 flats thought to be home to between 400 and 600 people. Here's what we know so far:

  • London Fire Brigade was first called at 12.54am on Wednesday morning to the Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road
  • The building in north Kensington is at least 24 stories high
  • Fire crews from north Kensington, Kensington, Hammersmith and Paddington and surrounding stations were at the scene with the fire burning from the second to the top floor
  • The cause of the fire is not yet clear
  • London mayor Sadiq Khan has said the fire has been declared a "major incident"
  • Forty engines containing more than 200 firefighters attended the scene
  • The Grenfell Tower was built in 1974 and contains 120 homes, according to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  • More than 20 ambulance crews were sent to the scene, London Ambulance Service said