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UPDATE: London high-rise fire death toll rises to 30

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UPDATE:  London police say that the death toll in the apartment building fire has increased to 30 people.

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London's police say that the death toll in the apartment building fire has increased to 17 people and is likely to rise even further.

Police Commander Stuart Cundy says that there is no suggestion the blaze was terror-related. Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton says specialist dogs would start searching the 24-story building.

Meanwhile, 44 households were given emergency accommodation after the blaze ripped through the tower on Wednesday. The local council says families with young children, elderly residents and the vulnerable were given "immediate priority."

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The Latest on the London fire (all times local):

11:20 a.m.

London's Metropolitan Police say six people have died in the devastating fire that engulfed a west London apartment block. Police say the number is expected to rise.

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."

Cundy says many others are receiving medical care.

Some 50 people are being treated in hospitals after a massive fire set a 24-story apartment block in west London ablaze overnight.

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7:50 a.m.

London’s fire commissioner says there have been a number of fatalities in a high-rise fire in west London.

Commissioner Dany Cotton calls the fire an “unprecedented incident” and says she has never seen anything on this scale in her 29-year career. She says firefighters are still working and she can’t say how many people may have died. About 50 people have been taken to hospitals.

Fire raced through the 24-floor Grenfell Tower in North Kensington around 1 a.m.

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 4:30 a.m.
   London medics have treated 15 people for smoke inhalation as a major fire burned in west London.
   The London Ambulance Service said the 15 were taken to hospitals. Police said earlier they were continuing to evacuate people from the apartment building Wednesday morning.
   The fire has burned more than three hours and involved nearly every floor of the 27-story building.
   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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   4 a.m.
   Metropolitan Police in London say they're continuing to evacuate people from a massive apartment fire in west London.
   The fire has been burning for more than three hours and stretches from the second to the 27th floor of the building.
   The cause of the fire is not yet known. It's also not clear whether people are trapped.
   Assistant Commissioner Dan Daly says on the London Fire Brigade's Facebook page that it's a large and very serious fire.
   He says firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are working extremely hard in very difficult conditions to tackle the fire.
   Forty fire engines and 200 firefighters and officers have been called to the scene.
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   2 a.m.
   Firefighters were battling a massive fire in a London apartment high-rise early Wednesday morning. One side of the building appeared to be in flames, and 45 fire engines and 200 firefighters were called to the scene.
   The London Fire Brigade tweeted that the fire involved the second to the top floor of the 27-story building.
   The building is the Grenfell Tower in the North Kensington area.
   The Metropolitan Police said two people were being treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and cordons were in place.
   George Clarke, the presenter of "Amazing Spaces," told Radio 5 Live he was covered in ash even though he was 100 meters (yards) from the scene.
   He said he saw people waving flashlights from the top levels of the building and saw rescuers "doing an incredible job" trying to get people out.

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