An intense fire outbreak which reportedly erupted during the early hours of Wednesday has left a 27 Storey apartment in flames.
The authorities said 40 fire engines and about 200 fire fighters had been dispersed to the site to combat the blaze in Grenfell Tower which has 120 flats.
The Fire Service official Twitter account on Wednesday tweeted: “Fire is from 2nd to top floor of 27 Storey building”.
Residents had displayed fear over fire safety in recent years, and questions were also raised about whether a recent renovation of the building, in which exterior cladding was installed, could have been related to the rapid spread of the fire.
Eye witnesses said there were audible scream from occupants from the top floor as the flames escalated rapidly.
An agitated mother let her infant son down from a ninth floor window to save his life from dying in the blaze which overtook their apartment.
“The window were slightly open, a woman was gesturing that she was about to throw her baby and if somebody could catch her baby.
“Somebody did, a gentleman ran forward and managed to grab the baby.” An eye witness said.
Another witness continued: “a member of the public, a guy, ran forward and just miraculously grabbed the baby at the right moment and then the shadow, I assume the mother, went backwards and that was the last we saw”.
At the moment, at least 12 people have been declared death by the Police and Fire Brigade authorities while over 80 others with varying injuries are currently being treated at nearby hospitals.