What we know so far about the Grenfell Tower fire

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News from around the world as a global response continues to unfold.

Here’s what we know: 1:30 UK fire brigade: ‘We were just in a panic’ As the emergency response continued to unfold, there were reports of homes being evacuated in east London and elsewhere in the country.

BBC News correspondent Nick Robinson reports.

1:35 New developments in Grenfell: ‘A lot of people were terrified’ The Grenfell Fire Brigade said on Twitter that more than 700 people had been evacuated from a nearby home.

One fire brigade official told the BBC the scale of the fire was “really shocking”.

“I can’t believe it’s actually happened, the number of people that have been evacuated.

It was a massive emergency, but it’s just really shocking,” said a member of the brigade, who asked not to be named.

“A lot, a lot of homes were evacuated and they’re just not getting out of the way, they’re still there.”

He said people had reported being evacuated from their properties and “in a lot more cases than just a few”.

Another fire brigade officer said people were evacuated from homes in a “bubbly” area in the city.

2:30 US fires officials: ‘The biggest threat is to people inside’ US Department of Agriculture (USDA) deputy commissioner Scott Taylor told ABC News he believed that “the biggest threat to people in the buildings” was the “smoke”.

“We have a number of things we’re looking at right now, the biggest threat, our concern is what’s happening inside those buildings,” he said.

2.50 Firefighters are working through the night to contain the blaze as it spreads through the building The Grenflood is burning at an estimated 2,200 metres (9,000 feet) in a 10-metre (33-foot) radius, the city’s fire brigade has said.

In the centre of the city, the fire is “tremendous”, the National Fire Service said.

Firefighters from around New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois and Massachusetts were on the scene, the New York Police Department said.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the fire “has to be contained”, adding: “I think the people of New York will be very happy that it’s been contained.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted: “Our hearts are heavy with grief and shock over the tragic loss of life at Grenfell tower in London.”

He tweeted: “@nycgov I was just briefed on the horrific tragedy in London.

Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives.”

1:50 UK Fire Brigade: ‘Mostly residential’ Firefighters were still searching for the cause of the blaze on Tuesday morning.

“The fire is now contained, but we do have to do the right thing to protect our residents.” “

1.55 US fire officials: Firefighters should be able by Thursday morning to enter the fire The US Fire Department said on Tuesday that its crews were working through “a complex incident”. “

The fire is now contained, but we do have to do the right thing to protect our residents.”

1.55 US fire officials: Firefighters should be able by Thursday morning to enter the fire The US Fire Department said on Tuesday that its crews were working through “a complex incident”.

“Our firefighting efforts are going to be focused on the areas most affected and we expect to be able, in the coming days, to begin our entry of the building and the area around it,” the department said in a statement.

“If necessary, the firefighters will be entering the building with other equipment to support them.”

1 of 21 Full Screen Autoplay Close Skip Ad × Photos from the Grenflorend Tower fire View Photos The fire is burning in the heart of London.

Caption The fire has burned in the center of the British capital.

May 4, 2019 People look at the Grenfords Tower in central London.

The fire was sparked by a blaze in a block of flats in the north Kensington area.

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