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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