At least six killed in London high-rise fire

By Griff Witte and Karla Adam Washington Post

Smoke from a high-rise fire was the defining feature of London’s skyline on Wednesday.
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LONDON – At least six people were killed, more than 50 injured and many others missing on Wednesday as a fire ripped through a high-rise apartment building in west London where residents had long warned of the potential risk of a catastrophic blaze.

Police commander Stuart Cundy says he can ‘‘confirm six fatalities at this time but this figure is likely to rise during what will be a complex recovery operation over a number of days.’’

A thick plume of smoke could be seen for miles around, while witnesses reported people jumping from open windows near the top of the 24-story building after being trapped by the advancing flames.

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Source: Boston Globe

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