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Death Toll Rises Following Tragic Fire At London High-Rise

At least 12 people have died, with the death toll expected to rise, after the fire ripped through an apartment block in London, injuring another 74 people.

There are fears much more are dead as families on the upper floors were trapped by the raging fire, forcing some to leap out of windows.

The blaze took over the 24-storey Grenfell Tower near White City, just before 1 am Wednesday (local time).

The cause of the fire is under investigation, with one witness saying it may have been started by his neighbours exploding fridge on the fourth floor.

NHS England said 74 people are being treated in six hospitals across the capital, of whom 20 are in critical care. Commander Stuart Cundy from Metropolitan Police said he expects the death toll to increase.

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