Early Wednesday morning, an apartment building in west London caught fire, killing at least 12 people and injuring more than 70 others, The Guardian reported. The building’s 120 homes were all destroyed.
Local authorities expect the number of fatalities to rise after what Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy called a “truly shocking” tragedy at Grenfell Tower.
Raging fire in Grenfell Tower near Latimer Road. Whole block of 24 floors up in flames. People still trapped inside. Horrendous. pic.twitter.com/J7UO321yIP— Tim Downie (@TimDownie1) June 14, 2017
“This is a completely unprecedented fire,” said Dany Cotton, London Fire Brigade Commissioner, according to CNN.
In the wake of the event, local residents and churches rushed to coordinate aid for the individuals and families displaced by the massive fire.