As if London hasn’t been through enough in recent day, hundreds of firefighters – and 40 engines – have battling a massive fire at a high-rise apartment building in London overnight. The blaze broke out early Wednesday this and quickly spread through the 27-story building, which holds 120 apartments.
Emergency crews reportedly did their best to evacuate people from the building in West London – and approximately 50 people were sent to local hospitals – but a large number remain unaccounted for. Adding to the misery? There are reports that the majority of residents of the building were families and/or disabled. Witnesses have reported hearing people screaming for help – with children and even babies being thrown from windows.
One resident, who did not want to give his name, said he first heard a neighbor’s smoke alarm and “thought nothing of it.” He realized the reality when he heard that neighbor shouting. “I’m lucky to be alive – and lots of people have not got out of the building,” he told “The Guardian.” “I’ve lost everything I own. I’m standing here in everything I’ve got.” The cause of the fire is unknown – officials have no idea when they’ll be able to enter the structure to search for victims. Even worse - they may not be able to. Officials say the damage is so severe, they're concerned the entire thing may come tumbling down.