London fire officials: 'a number' of fatalities in Grenfell Tower fire

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The London Ambulance service says 30 people have been taken to five hospitals after a massive fire at a high-rise apartment building in west London. (KGO-TV)

Fire officials say there have been "a number" of fatalities in what they're calling "a major incident" in west London -- a devastating fire at Grenfell Tower.

The London Ambulance service says 30 people have been taken to five hospitals after a massive fire at a high-rise apartment building.

Ambulance officials say crews remain on scene as firefighters continue to battle the blaze in the 24-story building. It is not clear if people are trapped inside. Hours after the fire broke out, a plume of smoke can be seen from miles away.

The fire started around 1 a.m. London time and spread quickly through the building. More than 20 ambulance crews were on the scene, along with 200 firefighters and 45 fire engines.

The fire has burned more than three hours and involved nearly every floor of the building.

VIDEO: Fire rages through London high-rise overnight

The ambulance service in its statement advised people in the area to shut their windows and doors because of the smoke at the scene.

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