A massive fire has engulfed a block of flats in west London with witnesses reporting that many could be trapped in their homes.

More than 200 firefighters were sent to tackle the fire at the 27-storey Grenfell Tower just after 1.15am on Wednesday.

Police said a “number of people are being treated for a range of injuries,” including two for smoke inhalation, as pictures from the scene in North Kensington showed flames engulfing the block and the plume of smoke visible across the capital.

London Fire Commissioner, Dany Cotton confirmed that there have been a “number of fatalities” in the “unprecedented incident.”She said the cause of the fire remains unknown.

CNN has reported seeing people jumping from windows to escape the fire.

Actor and writer Tim Downie, who lives around 600 metres from the scene in Latimer Road, told the Press Association he feared the block could collapse.

He said: “It’s horrendous. The whole building is engulfed in flames. It’s gone. It’s just a matter of time before this building collapses.

“It’s the most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen. I just hope they have got everyone out.

“The first I knew was the noise of sirens, helicopters and shouting. I saw it engulfed in flames.

“People have been bringing water, clothes, anything they’ve got to help, out to the cordon.

“I have seen people coming out in their bedclothes – it’s just very distressing.”

Jody Martin said he got to the scene just as the first fire engine was arriving at Grenfell Tower, in Latimer Road.

Pictures showed flames engulfing the block and a plume of smoke visible across the capital, while others showed desperate residents looking out of windows on the block.

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