No More Survivors Expected in London Apartment Blaze

Death toll hits 12
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2017 12:46 PM CDT
Smoke billows from a fire that engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London, Wednesday June 14, 2017.   (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

(Newser) – The death toll has risen to 12 in the massive blaze at a high-rise apartment building in London Wednesday, and that number is expected to rise, the BBC reports. "Sadly, I don't anticipate there will be further survivors," said a police official, noting that people are still unaccounted for. Hundreds of people were believed to have been in north Kensington's Grenfell Tower when the fire broke out; the 24-story building was said to be in flames from the second floor all the way to the top floor, leaving many trapped.

A fire official says "almost all" of the building has now been searched, but there are "still pockets of fire yet to be extinguished in places particularly difficult to reach." Experts don't expect the building to collapse, per the Telegraph. Click for more on the tragedy, including a baby who was saved after being dropped from a window. (Read more London stories.)

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