LONDON, June 14 (Xinhua) -- Police confirmed that 12 people have died so far in a massive fire that engulfed a residential building in west London, Sky News reported on Wednesday.
The fire was reported at the 24-storey block, Grenfell Tower, in north Kensington, and it is believed to have started on the fourth floor and soon spread to other floors, according to local media.
A police officer said the death toll will rise, according to Sky News.
"Following this morning's fire at Grenfell Tower, West London, we treated 68 patients and took them to six hospitals across London, where 18 people are currently in critical care," said London Ambulance Service Director of Operations Paul Woodrow in a statement.
"We are still on scene supporting London Fire Brigade in the recovery phase of the incident and would urge Londoners to only call us in a genuine emergency and to call NHS 111 for urgent healthcare advice," said Woodrow.
Meanwhile, a spokesman of the London Fire Brigade said that the integrity of the residential building is "a significant issue" and firefighters will be on scene for some time.
So far, emergency services are still searching for residents. Enditem