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UPDATED: Massive apartment fire in London high-rise

(Anwar Belkhadir)

UPDATE: The Latest on the London fire (all times local):

6:35 a.m.

LONDON (AP)-The London Ambulance service says 30 people have been taken to five hospitals after a massive fire at a high-rise apartment building in west London.

Ambulance officials say crews remain on scene as firefighters continue to battle the blaze in the 27-story building. It is not clear if people are trapped inside. Hours after the fire broke out, a plume of smoke can be seen from miles away.

The fire started around 1 a.m. London time and spread quickly through the building. More than 20 ambulance crews were on the scene, along with 200 firefighters and 45 fire engines.

4:30 a.m.

LONDON (AP)-London ambulance services are responding to a major fire burned in west London.

The London Ambulance Service said it has sent 20 ambulance crews to respond to a London apartment building fire Wednesday morning. Metropolitan Police said earlier that two people were being treated for smoke inhalation. An updated figure was not available.

The fire involved nearly every floor of the 27-story building.

ORIGINAL:

LONDON (AP)- Firefighters are battling a massive fire in an apartment high-rise in London.

One side of the building appeared to be in flames. Forty fire engines and 200 firefighters had been called to the scene early Wednesday morning.

The London Fire Brigade tweeted that the fire involved the second to the top floor of the 27-story building.

The fires is in the Grenfell Tower Apartment in west London.

The Metropolitan Police said two people were being treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and cordons were in place.

George Clarke, the presenter of "Amazing Spaces," told Radio 5 Live he was covered in ash even though we was 100 meters (yards) from the scene.

He said he saw people waving flashlights from the top level of the building and saw rescuers "doing an incredible job" trying to get people out.

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