UPDATE: At least 6 fatalities in London high-rise fire

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LONDON -- Fire swept through a high-rise apartment building in West London early Wednesday, killing at least six people and sending dozens to hospitals.

More than 200 firefighters battled the flames, which engulfed the 24-story building. “In my 29 years of being a firefighter, I have never, ever seen anything of this scale,” Dany Cotton, commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, told media outlets on scene, adding the cause of the fire was not immediately known.

More than 200 firefighters battled the flames, which engulfed the 24-story building. “In my 29 years of being a firefighter, I have never, ever seen anything of this scale,” Dany Cotton, commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, told media outlets on scene, adding the cause of the fire was not immediately known.

Forty fire trucks were involved in fighting the blaze, and more than 20 ambulances were sent to the scene. The London Ambulance Service said it had taken at least 64 patients to six hospitals, according to the New York Times, which added 20 were in critical condition.

-- Henry Frederick, Headline Surfer, reporting from Orlando, Fla., and from wire reports

 

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet in Daytona Beach, Florida, via HeadlineSurfer.com. Specializing in breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters with dozens of journalism-industry awards. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL where he's pursuing an MA in New Media/Journalism (degree in March 2018). Frederick earned his BA in Political Science/Public Admin. (concentration in Writing) from Central Connecticut State University, 1984, where he recieved the President's Citation for "academic excellence & outstanding campus/community service." Prior to myriad duties as publisher/award-winning journalist of Headline Surfer, 2008-present; Frederick was city hall reporter for the Palatka Daily News, 2007-'08; city editor of the Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette, 2005-2006; cops & courts/legal affairs writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1996-'04; and cops & courts for the Rockland (NY) Journal-News/Gannett Suburban Newspapers, 1989-'96.