June 14, 2017 / 11:43 AM / in 5 months

UK PM May deeply saddened by loss of life in London tower block fire - spokesman

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday she was deeply saddened by the loss of life in a fire at a London tower block which killed at least six people and injured more than 70 others.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, leaves 10 Downing Street in central London, Britain June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Fire engulfed a 24-storey housing block in central London in the early hours on Wednesday in an inferno that trapped residents as they slept.

“The prime minister is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life in the Grenfell Tower and is being kept constantly updated on the situation,” a spokesman said.

May has asked for a cross-government meeting, chaired by police and fire minister Nick Hurd, to take place at 1500 GMT to coordinate the response and make sure the government is ready to help emergency services and local authorities, he added.

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, editing by Elizabeth Piper

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