London tower fire: What do we know?

Flames and smoke billow as firefighters deal with a serious fire in a tower block at Latimer Road in West London.

The first fire crews arrived at the scene within minutes, and the London Fire Brigade soon declared it a major incident. My gut instinct told me just to get the girls out.

It said the cause of the blaze would be "fully investigated".

Edward Daffarn, a 55-year-old who lived on the building's 16th floor, said the fire alarm didn't ring. "I was yelling at everyone to get down and they were saying 'We can't leave our apartments, the smoke is too bad on the corridors'".

Cladding had been added to the outside of the building, blamed by some residents for helping the fire to spread so quickly.

Assistant Fire Commissioner Dan Daly said:,"Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are working extremely hard in very difficult conditions to tackle this fire".

A number of drop off points have also been set up around London to donate much needed supplies to the survivors - many of whom escaped the fire with only the clothes on their back. "In my 29 years of career as a firefighter, I have never ever seen anything of this scale".

It was not yet possible to confirm the cause of the fire, which spread throughout the building from lower floors, Fire brigade chief Cotton said.

"As the insurance provider for Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Protector Forsikring ASA is involved in the tragic fire in Grenfell Tower".

A distressed, trapped man waves an item of clothing from his window, at the scene of a huge fire at Grenfell tower block in White City, London.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) chief executive, Ann Millington, said she recognised residents in Kent and Medway may have concerns about fire safety.

Ash Sha, 30, who witnessed the fire and has an aunt in the building who managed to escape from the second floor, said the local council had recently renovated the tower.

Following the fire, the group posted: "All our warnings fell on deaf ears and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable and just a matter of time". This means that (unless there is a fire in your flat or in the hallway outside your flat) you should stay inside your flat.

Further advice is available here and anyone concerned about whether their home is safe from fire is advised to call 0800 923 7000 to arranged a free Safe and Well Visit.