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    Deadly Blaze Engulfs London High-Rise Tower

    “I have never seen anything of this scale.” So said London’s fire commissioner of the inferno that engulfed the 24-story Grenfell Tower in Kensington overnight. More than 200 firefighters battled the flames, attempting to rescue potentially hundreds of residents, many of whom were asleep when the blaze broke out after midnight. Twelve fatalities have been reported so far, but authorities expect that number to increase. Dozens were taken to hospitals after witnesses reported hearing cries for help and seeing people leaping from the 1970s structure, which had reportedly been slated for fire safety renovations.

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