Statement on fire in North Kensington

14 June 2017

Updated at 4.15pm

London Ambulance Service Director of Operations Paul Woodrow said:"Following this morning’s fire at Grenfell Tower, West London, we treated 68 patients and took them to six hospitals across London, where 18 people are currently in critical care. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this incident and their friends and families.

"Over 100 of our clinicians have worked extremely hard in difficult circumstances to care for those who were injured. This has been a protracted and large-scale incident over many hours.

“We are still on scene supporting London Fire Brigade in the recovery phase of the incident and would urge Londoners to only call us in a genuine emergency and to call NHS 111 for urgent healthcare advice.

“We initially sent ambulance crews, advanced paramedics, advanced trauma teams from London's Air Ambulance, as well as our hazardous area response teams who carry specialist equipment including breathing apparatus. We treated patients for a range of injuries, as well as for smoke inhalation.

“I am incredibly proud and grateful for the work of our staff and our emergency service colleagues and partner agencies.”

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Notes to editor

  • Patients were taken to the following hospitals: St Mary’s, King’s College, Chelsea and Westminster, the Royal Free, St Thomas’ and Charing Cross.
  • A further 10 patients made their own way to hospital, bringing the total number of people being treated to 78.
  • Members of the public who are concerned about friends and relatives should contact the police Casualty Bureau on 0800 096 1233.

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Updated at 11.45am

London Ambulance Service Director of Operations Paul Woodrow said: "Following this morning’s fire at Grenfell Tower, West London, we have treated and taken 64 patients to six hospitals across London, where 20 people are currently in critical care. Our thoughts are with everyone affected.

"Over 100 of our medics have been working hard to respond to this incident, including ambulance crews, advanced paramedics, advanced trauma teams from London's Air Ambulance and those staff managing the incident in our special operations centre. Our hazardous area response teams are also on scene, who carry specialist equipment including breathing apparatus. We’ve been treating patients for a range of injuries, as well as for smoke inhalation.

"A major incident has been declared and we continue to work closely with other members of the emergency services at the scene.

"Members of the public who are concerned about friends and relatives should contact the police Casualty Bureau on 0800 096 1233.

"We urge Londoners to only call us in a genuine emergency and to call NHS 111 for urgent healthcare advice."

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Notes to editor

  • Patients have been taken to the following hospitals: St Mary’s, King’s College, Chelsea and Westminster, the Royal Free, St Thomas’ and Charing Cross.
  • A further 10 patients made their own way to hospital, bringing the total number of people being treated to 74 

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Issued at 8:15am:

London Ambulance Service Assistant Director of Operations, Stuart Crichton said: "We have now taken over 50 patients to five hospitals across London following the incident at Grenfell Tower, Lancaster West Estate, W11. Our thoughts are with everyone affected.

"Over 100 of our medics are working hard to respond to this incident, including ambulance crews, advanced paramedics, advanced trauma teams from London's Air Ambulance and those staff managing the incident in our special operations centre. In addition, our hazardous area response team are also on scene.

"A major incident has been declared and we continue to work closely with other members of the emergency services at the scene.

"Members of the public who are concerned about friends and relatives should contact the police Casualty Bureau on 0800 096 1233.

"As always, we urge Londoners to only call us in a genuine emergency and to call NHS 111 for urgent healthcare advice."

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Issued at 6:15am

Assistant Director of Operations, Stuart Crichton, said: “We can confirm that we have taken 30 patients to five London hospitals following the incident at  Lancaster West Estate, W11.

“We have declared a major incident and continue to work closely with other emergency services at the scene.

“We have over 20 ambulance crews at the scene as well as our hazardous area response team and trauma teams from London’s air ambulance who travelled to the scene by car.

“Our priority is to assess the level and nature of injuries and ensure those in the most need are treated first and taken to hospital.”

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Issued at 4:59am

Assistant Director of Operations, Stuart Crichton, said; “We were called at 1.29am (Wednesday 14 June) to reports of a fire at Lancaster West Estate, W11.

“We have sent a number of resources to the scene including our hazardous area response team and over 20 ambulance crews.

“We are working closely with London Fire Brigade and the Metropolitan Police with our priority being to get people to safety and ensure they receive the medical help as quickly as possible.

“Our initial priority is to assess the level and nature of injuries and ensure those in the most need are treated first and taken to hospital.

“More information will follow when we have it.” 

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