LONDON (AP) – London’s Metropolitan Police say 12 people have died in the devastating fire that engulfed a west London apartment block.

Police say the death toll in the London tower blaze has risen to 12, and that the figure was expected to rise.

Steve Apter of the London Fire Brigade said pockets of fire were still blazing at west London’s Grenfell Tower, a high-rise apartment block, more than 16 hours after first reports of fire early Wednesday. He said crews have rescued 65 people from the building, and that firefighters have searched most of the tower and reached the top floor.

Police commander Stuart Cundy said Wednesday he did not anticipate further survivors.

Police declined to say how many people were missing.

Some 50 people are being treated in hospitals after a massive fire set a 24-story apartment block in west London ablaze overnight.

London’s Fire Brigade says that a structural engineer and urban search and rescue crews have assessed the stability of the burning tower block in west London and believe it is not in danger of collapsing.

The brigade says “it is safe for our crews to be in there.” It added the cause of the massive fire is not known at this stage.

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