Huge fire breaks out in London apartment building

"It is a terrifying scene", Abdelaziz said.

She said: "Police have moved everyone back out of direct sight but I can hear cracking and debris falling". Local news agencies report at least 30 people have been taken to hospitals and there are a "significant number of people" who are unaccounted for.

Police have turned a church near the scene of a massive west London high-rise fire into a makeshift center for evacuees.

Many people at St.

He says it was frightening but people are being cared for well.

"The potential for a fire to break out in the communal area on the walkway does not bear thinking about as residents would be trapped in the building with no way out", it said.

Two hundred firefighters are at the block with ambulances and police on the scene ushering people away from the block.

In a statement posted to Twitter, London police say two people are now being treated for smoke inhalation and they're waiting updates on further injuries. An updated figure was not available. The fire had spread from the second floor to the top floor of the building.

This story has been corrected by removing reference to 15 being treated for smoke inhalation, which was information from an older incident.

The London Fire Brigade said on Twitter they were responding to a fire on the Lancaster West Estate after multiple calls. It's also not clear whether people are trapped. "This is a large and very serious incident and we have deployed numerous resources and specialist appliances", Assistant Commissioner Dan Daly said.

Forty fire engines and 200 firefighters and officers have been called to the scene.

A confronting image reveals much of the London apartment building engulfed in flame. Emergency services say people are being treated for smoke inhalation.

Witnesses said they could see lights - thought to be flashlights - blinking at the top of the block of apartments.

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